Courses are online unless otherwise noted. Wintersession runs 12/21/09 - 1/16/10 through Continuing and Professional Education (www.umassulearn.net). We will list Spring 2010 when they become available.
(Please note that 100 level course count towards the minor but NOT the major)
ENGLISH 132 - Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture
3 online sections: Shannon Luders-Manuel, Katey Rodan, Amy Brady
Literature treating the relationship between man and woman. Topics may include: the nature of love, the image of the hero and heroine, and definitions, past and present, of the masculine and feminine.
SOC 106 – Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity (SB U)
Introduction to sociology. Analysis of the consequences of membership in racial, gender, class and ethnic groups on social, economic and political life.
SOC 222 – The Family
First part: historical transformations in family life (relationships between husbands and wives, position and treatment of children, importance of kinship ties); second part: the contemporary family through life course (choice of a mate, relations in marriage, parenthood, breakup of the family unit).
SOC 395K – Domestic Violence
Prior to the 1970s, domestic violence in America was widely viewed as a private matter in which public intervention was inappropriate except under the most extreme circumstances. Over the past several decades, however, domestic violence has been increasingly perceived and responded to by the public as a criminal matter. Take a detailed look at patterns and trends in domestic violence in contemporary America, explore theoretical perspectives about its causes, and examine the domestic violence reform movement, paying special attention to research that tries to assess the actual effectiveness of criminal justice reforms in reducing domestic violence.
ANTHRO 205 – Inequality and Oppression (SB, U)
The roots of racism and sexism and the issues they raise. The cultural, biological, and social contexts of race and gender and examination of biological variation, genetic determinism, human adaptation, and the bases of human behavior.
(Women, Gender, Sexuality majors and minors must focus their papers or projects on gender)
COMM 287 – Advertising as Social Communications
Advertising from the viewpoint of social theory. Advertising's broad political, economic, social, and cultural role in modern society. The social role of advertising in consumer societies; focus on advertising's mediation of the modern person/object relationship, the satisfaction of needs, the constitution of popular culture, and the process of socialization.
COMPLIT 141 - Good and Evil: East and West (AL G)
Brandon Shaw and Rhona Trauvitch
The imaginative representation of good and evil in Western and Eastern classics, folktales, childrens stories and 20th-century literature. Cross-cultural comparison of ethical approaches to moral problems such as the suffering of the innocent, the existence of evil, the development of a moral consciousness and social responsibility, and the role of faith in a broken world. Contemporary issues of nuclear war, holocaust, AIDS, abortion, marginal persons, anawim and unwanted children.
EDUC 210 – Social Diversity in Education
Chase James Catalano
Monday through Friday 9:00-11:30 a.m and 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Focus on issues of social identity, social and cultural diversity, and societal manifestations of oppression. Draws on interdisciplinary perspectives of social identity development, social learning theory, and sociological analyses of power and privilege within broad social contexts.
Educ 591W – Recognizing Family Values and Initiating Interventions
This course will allow school counselors, teachers, and criminal justice professionals to look at the impact of family violence as it relates to their work. This course will focus on the treatment issues, as well as the impact of adults and children living in that home. The course will examine some of the signs of this and will allow for those working in a school setting to gain a greater understanding of the issues. May be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.