DEPARTMENTAL COURSES AT UMASS AMHERST - SPRING 2010

AFRO-AMERICAN STUDIES 325 NEW AFRICA HOUSE  545-2751

AFROAM 791Z- Toni Morrison
A. Jimoh
Wednesday 12:00-2:30 p.m.

Participants in this seminar will focus primarily on Toni Morrison's fiction and the scholarship on it. The seminar also will include readings from her essays, lectures, and criticism.

ANTHROPOLOGY 215 MACHMER HALL 545-5939

ANTHRO 205 – Inequality and Oppression (SB, U)
Amanda Johnson
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:20 a.m., plus disc on Friday

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.

ANTHRO 297GS - Gender & Sexuality
Kaila Kuban
Tuesday, Thursday  4:00-5:15 p.m.

See department for description.

ANTHRO 297O - Gender in Hip Hop Culture
Whitney Battle-Baptiste
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.

This course will critically examine issues of race, representation and the sexual politics of hip-hop culture. We will trace the historical implications of race and gender in US culture from slavery onwards and connect how past images of African Americans continue to influence contemporary notions of Black identity. We will trace the early historical moments of the hip-hop movement in order to understand how the culture became synonymous with male dominated spaces and silent women. This course will also explore the roles of misogyny, sexual exploitation, and hypermasculinity in current rap music and contrast this with the rise of independent artists challenging and reshaping hip-hop music today. Ultimately, we will look at the role of the internet and alternative forms of media as a means of how hip-hop has moved from the board room to the global stage, giving the power back to the people.

ANTHRO 497GS/697GS - Gender and Slavery in the Americas
Whitney Battle-Baptiste
Tuesday  9:30-12:30 p.m.

This course is a study of intersectionality of gender and race and class as experienced by captive African women in the United States, the Caribbean and Brazil. A critical engagement of gender and its role in the development of captive African communities in the New World is essential to raising new questions and reformulating traditional notions of the impact of enslavement on African peoples throughout the diaspora. We will use an interdisciplinary approach (film, literature and history & anthropological theory) to reveal the variety of transformative strategies, determined by women and unique to the African descended community, that enabled African people to survive the rigors of enslavement and shape black cultural production. Some of the topics to be explored include: determination of kinship, family and community ties; responses to sexual exploitation; collective resistance; labor and its effect on the development and maintenance of the plantation economic system; and self-expression, among others.

 

ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE DEPARTMENT 440 Herter Hall  545-0886

JAPANESE 197N - Asian Homosexualities in Film & Literature
Stephen Miller
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.

An examination of male-male/female-female love/sexual themes in both pre-modern and modern times in three countries/areas: India, China/Taiwan, and Japan, through the lens of literature and films.  Taught in English.

JAPANESE 391S/591S - Women Writers of Japan
Amanda Seaman
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Although Japan was famous for its thriving female literary culture during the Heian era (794-1185), the centuries that followed were ones in which women authors appear to have played a minor role.  It was not until the Meiji Restoration in 1868, with its emphasis upon new and "modern" cultural attitudes and norms, that women became a more significant presence on the Japanese literary scene.  In this course, we will explore a number of works from this modern revival of Japanese women's writing, identify the themes that these women explore and the genres to which they contribute, and interrogate the notion of "women's literature" itself to see how the term has been used (or abused) in the Japanese academy.

 

COMMUNICATIONS 407 Machmer Hall  545-1311


COMM 288 - Gender, Sex and Representation
Sut Jhally
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This course will examine the relationship between commercialized systems of representation and the way that gender and sexuality are thought of and organized in the culture. In particular, we will look at how commercial imagery impacts upon gender identity and the process of gender socialization. Central to this discussion will be the related issues of sexuality and sexual representation (and the key role played by advertising).

COMM 397NN - Race, Gender and the Sitcom
Demetria Shabazz
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.

See department for description.

COMM 491A - Media and Construction of Gender
Lynn Phillips
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.

This course draws on research and theory in psychology, sociology, gender and cultural studies, and related fields to examine how various forms of media shape our understandings of ourselves and others as gendered beings. We will discuss how media messages not only influence our behaviors, but also permeate our very senses of who we are from early childhood. Through a critical examination of fairy tales, text books, advertisements, magazines, television, movies, and music, students will explore the meanings and impacts of gendered messages as they weave with cultural discourses about race, class, sexuality, disability, age, and culture.

 

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE DEPARTMENT
430 Herter Hall 545-0929

COMP LIT 592A - Medieval Woman Writers
Elizabeth Petroff
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Selected medieval and Renaissance women writers from the point of view of current feminist theory. Writers include Marie de France, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Margery Kempe, Angela of Foligno, Sor Juana de la Cruz, Christine de Pizan. Themes of love and desire in women's writing; the models provided by Sappho, Plato, and the Bible; critical approaches derived from French feminism, feminist theologians, Marxist critiques, and object-relations theory.

ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT
1004 Thompson Hall 545-2590

ECON 348 - The Political Economy of Women
Lisa Saunders               
Tues, Thurs 9:30-10:45 a.m.

A critical review of neoclassical, Marxist, and feminist economic theories pertaining to inequality between men and women in both the family and the firm.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
124 Furcolo Hall 545-0234

EDUC 293A - Love and Work
Catherine Dimmitt
Tues, Thurs 9:30-10:45 a.m.

This class will develop the skills needed to begin to understand the complex components of human relationships, career decisions and life values, with an assumption that part of being an effective adult is an ever increasing self-awareness of one's strengths and deficits.

EDUC 392E - Social Issues Workshop: Sexism (1 credit)
Alison Dover
February 9,  5:00-10:00 p.m., plus weekend of March 26-27, 2010, 9:00-5:00 p.m.

Workshop addresses the dynamics of sexism on personal and institutional levels.

EDUC 395Z – Race Ethnicity & Gender Dialogue for Women
Ximena Zuniga
Thursday  4:00-6:30 p.m. & Saturday, February 27, 9:00-5:00 p.m.

In this course, students will engage in an intergroup dialogue involving students from at least two different social identity groups.  Participants will learn from each other’s experiences, examine relevant issues (e.g., discrimination, interracial/ethnic relationships, diversity on campus, racism, sexism), and explore different perspectives, conflicting issues using constructive approaches to dialogue and the bridging of differences.  Students will further their learning through weekly readings, logs, an intergroup collaboration project, and a final reflection paper.  The class will meet for eleven weeks starting Thursday, February 4th. 

EDUC 395Z – Race Ethnicity and Gender Dialogue for People of Color
Thursday  4:00-6:30 p.m. & Saturday, February 27, 9:00-5:00 p.m.
Ximena Zuniga

See above description.

EDUC 648 - Oppression & Education
Ximena Zuniga
Wednesday 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Explores historical and sociocultural contexts of the specific manifestations of oppression and social liberation movements. Examines the disciplinary underpinnings of core concepts in social justice education: content roots in cognitive, developmental and social psychology, anthropology and sociology; and pedagogical roots in experiential education, feminist pedagogy, group dynamics, critical pedagogy. Develops social justice education teaching materials and/or interventions. Prerequisites - Educ 691E /F or can be taken concurrently.

 

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
170 Bartlett Hall  545-2332

ENGLISH 132 - Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture
Joseph Mason - Sec.1: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:05-9:55 a.m.
Julie Burrell - Sec.2: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25-2:15 a.m.
Charles Bonhus - Sec.3: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30-3:20  a.m.

This course investigates images of men and women in poetry, drama, and fiction. It aims at appreciating the literature itself, with increasing awareness of the ways in which men and women grow up, seek identity, mature, love, marry, and during different historical times, relate in families, classes, races, ethnic groups, societies, cultures. What are the conventional perspectives and relationships of “Man” and “Woman”? How does literature accept or question these conventions? What alternative perspectives and relationships are imagined in literature? (Gen Ed. AL, G)

ENGLISH 297TT - Queer  Writing
Andrea Lawlor, Morgan Lynn
Tuesday 4:40-7:10 p.m.

Mandatory Pass/Fail course. This course will allow students—both queer-identified and not—to use writing to express queer experiences and identities. We will write and read fiction, poetry, and critical texts that explore and interrogate the meaning of queerness, working together to develop an expansive, dynamic definition of what ‘queer writing' can be.

ENGLISH 378 - American Women Writers
Deborah Carlin
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.

Fiction by women exploring the social and sexual arrangements of American culture.

ENGLISH 592M - Margaret Atwood: Contemporary Critical Approaches
Deborah Carlin
Monday 1:00-3:30 p.m.

A seminar on the major works of this important and influential contemporary North American writer, the course will emphasize different critical approaches to Atwood's work (including, but not limited to, feminism, psychology and narrative theory), and will highlight her major fictions, including: The Edible Woman, Bodily Harm, The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. We will also examine some of Atwood's own critical writing, including selections from Second Words: Selected Critical Prose and Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing. Throughout the course we will examine the important questions and dilemmas Atwood explores in her fiction, including: the social construction of feminine myths, female sexual, social and economic exploitation, the psychology of gender, the threat of totalitarian fundamentalism, environmental concerns, unchecked biotechnology, the construction of historical truth, and the representation of women's bodies in art. Requirements: Active participation in the seminar; willingness to engage with contemporary critical essays on Atwood's work; two 5-7 pp. essays, and a final 10-15 pp. essay. The books for this course will be ordered from and available at Food for Thought Books in Amherst.

 

FRENCH FRANCOPHONE AND ITALIAN STUDIES
314 Herter Hall    545-2314

FRENCHST 280 - Love and Sex French Culture (AL)
Patrick Mensah
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Course taught in English.  This course offers a broad historical overview of the ways in which love and erotic behavior in French culture have been represented and understood in the arts, especially in Literature and, more recently, in film, from the middle ages to the twentieth century. (Gen.Ed. AL)

HISTORY DEPARTMENT 
612 Herter Hall   545-1330

HISTORY 389 - US Women’s History Since 1890 (HSU)


Joyce Berkman


Lecture  Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-1:50, Discussions Monday 9:05, 10:10, or 12:20 p.m.

Explores the relationship of women to the social, cultural, economic and political developments shaping American society from 1890 to the present. Examines women's paid and unpaid labor, family life and sexuality, feminist movements and women's consciousness; emphasis on how class, race, ethnicity, and sexual choice have affected women's historical experience. Sophomore level and above.  (Gen.Ed. HS, U)

HISTORY 393I - Indigenous Women of North America
Alice Nash
Tues, Thurs 11:15-12:30 p.m. 

This course will examine the lives and struggles of indigenous women in North America through variety of sources and conceptual frameworks. We will consider both the ways in which indigenous women defined and understood themselves, and the ways in which they have been defined and (mis)understood by others, from before the arrival to Europeans through the present day. Coursework includes heavy reading, a research paper, and several shorter assignments.


HISTORY 397GB - Gender and the British Empire


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Tues, Thurs 4:00-5:15 p.m.


Traditionally, historians portrayed the British Empire as largely the province of male explorers, merchants, missionaries, soldiers, and bureaucrats.  This course, covering the period from the late-eighteenth to the early-twentieth century, treats such men as gendered subjects, investigating intersections between masculinity and imperial scholars, writers, servants, and missionaries, and explores slave societies and cross-structures of racial ideologies and the imperial features of feminist discourse.  Geographically, the focus is on the West Indies, Africa, and India.

HISTORY 791B - U.S. Women & Gender History (4 credits)
Laura Lovett
Wednesday 1:00-3:30 p.m.

This research seminar encourages research and writing on the history of women and/or gender in America from 1600 to the present.  The course requires the completion of a potentially publishable paper or project, e.g. oral history project.  During the first half of the semester, our focus will be on historical methods, varieties or modes of historical writing, and writing techniques.  A few scholarly essays and other types of historical writing will be examined.  The second half of the semester is devoted to the first draft of your paper or project including class discussion of your first draft and the revision process, culminating with your submission of a final draft by the end of the semester.  We will also meet with UMASS and Smith College archivists concerning your research.

 

JUDAIC AND NEAR EASTERN STUDIES  
744 Herter Hall   545-2550

JUDAIC 383 - Women, Gender, Judaism
Susan Shapiro
Tuesday 4:00-6:30 p.m.

This course examines the ways in which the categories "woman/man," "feminine/masculine" and "gender" differently construe the character of Judaism. "Judaism" is here understood in religious, cultural and social terms. This is not a course that focuses primarily on questioning contemporary forms of Jewish women's identities, nor on filling-in the blanks of the "missing women" of Jewish history and tradition, although some attention will be paid to these matters. Rather, our main focus will be on historical constructions of women's gender roles and identities in Judaism and their cultural and social consequences. Three types of literature, therefore, will be important in this course: (1) primary religious texts about women and gender in Judaism: (2) interpretations and historical accounts of different periods and aspects of women's (and men's) gender roles in Judaism and Jewish culture; (3) current critical, feminist theories of discourse, culture and politics through which to problematize our readings of both primary and interpretative texts.

 

LEGAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT  
102 Gordon Hall    545-0021

LEGAL 391G - Women and the Law
Diana Yoon
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.

How have lawyers, judges, social commentators and legal scholars addressed the status of women in society? How has women’s status changed over time? We will consider different approaches to thinking about women and the law, discussing the significance of law with respect to topics such as reproductive health issues, violence, education, and the workplace.

 

PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT  
352 Bartlett Hall    545-2230

PHIL 593G - Feminist Theory                                            
Louise Antony
Tuesday 1:00-3:30 p.m.

See department for description.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH & HEALTH SCIENCES 
408 Arnold House  545-4603

PUBHLTH 213 - Peer Health Educ. I
Amanda Vann
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.

Training course.  Students participate in campus outreach projects while learning specific information on the primary health issues for college students: alcohol and other drug use, sexual decision-making, contraception, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders and stress management techniques.  Class involves personal health assessment such as personal alcohol and drug survey, small group discussions, guest lectures, role playing, team building and public speaking exercises.  Class size limited to 20.  Students must complete an application and process for admission to the Peer Health Education Program.  This course is the first course in a year long academic course.

PUBHLTH 214 - Peer Health Education II
April McNally
Tues, Thurs 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Using skills and knowledge from PUBHLTH 213, students will plan events, use technology and facilitate programs on contemporary health issues.  Advanced skills in facilitation, public speaking, program planning and group dynamics will be put into practice through various class assignments.  Some evening work required.  Prerequisites:  PUBHLTH 213 and consent of instructor.

 

PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT 
441 Tobin Hall 545-2383

PSYCH 308H - Psychology of Women
Ronnie Janoff-Bulman
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.

This course will explore gender similarities and differences as well as the experiences of girls and women over the life span. The class will address key questions and debates in the field, critically analyze popular assumptions and media accounts, and examine conceptual frameworks and empirical studies that inform current controversies. The course will begin with a consideration of culturally-constructed gender roles and stereotypes and will move through theories of development and gender comparisons to the experiences of women at work, in the home, and in the broader society. Course requirements include two (essay) exams, two short papers, and one long paper based on class research projects. All students will be engaged in a group research project; the course instructor will guide students through the research process, from development of materials through data analyses. The third (long) paper will be an individual write-up of these projects.

PSYCH 391ZZ - Psychology of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Experience
John Bickford
Tues, Thurs 11:15-12:30 p.m.

Students in this course will explore psychological theory and research pertaining to gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Topics include sexual orientation, sexual identity development, stigma management, heterosexism & homonegativity, gender roles, same-sex relationships, LGB families, LGB diversity, and LGB mental health.

 

RESOURCE ECONOMICS
101 Stockbridge Hall 545-2490

RES-ECON 470 - Family Policy-Issues and Implications
Sheila Mammen
Tues, Thurs 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Identifies major economic policy issues and evaluates these in terms of impact on the family and services provided to the entire population in need, including the non-poor.

 

SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
710 Thompson Hall  545-0577

SOCIOL 106 - Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity  (SBU)                       
Noriko Milman - Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:15 a.m.
Staff - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25-2:15 p.m.
Staff - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30-3:20 pm.

Introduction to sociology. Analysis of how the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and social class affect people's lives in relation to political power, social status, economic mobility, interactions with various subgroups in American society, etc. Emphasis on the role of social institutions and structural-level dynamics in maintaining these identities and areas of inequality.

SOCIOL 222 - The Family  (SBU)                                                                     
Staff - Lecture A: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00-8:50 a.m.
Staff - Lecture B: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:05-9:55 a.m.
Staff - Lecture C:  Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Using lectures and discussion groups, we will explore how we define family, the ways we construct families, and the relationship between our families and larger social forces. Beginning with an examination of the history of families, we will look at changes in seemingly impersonal forces that are associated with changes in personal relations--between partners and spouses, between parents and children, among extended kin. Then we will turn to contemporary families across the life course, looking at the choice of a partner and experiences in marriage, parenting and childhood, and marital dissolution. Throughout, we will discuss differences--by gender, by race, and by class. Throughout we will attend to the social forces that shape these personal experiences.

SOCIOL 383 - Gender and Society
Staff - 1. Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:15 a.m.
Staff - 2. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:05-9:55 a.m.

Sociological analyses of women's and men's gendered experiences, through examination of: 1) historical and cross-cultural variations in gender systems; 2) contemporary interactional and institutional creation and internalization of gender and maintenance of gender differences; 3) how gender experiences vary by race/ethnicity, social class and other differences. Biological, psychological, sociological and feminist theories are examined.

SOCIOL 384 - Sociology of Love
staff
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25-2:15 p.m.

The Sociology of Love looks at a subject that we all take for granted, but none of us understand.  Love is both a physiological state and a socially constructed experience.  We will examine the major bio-chemical, psychological, and sociological theories that have attempted to explain the causes and nature of love and attraction.  We will also look at the social construction of love through Western history, as well as in other cultures, and at the complex relationships that exist between love, "courtship", marriage, and sexuality.  We will conclude with a look at contemporary social constructions of love, sex and relationships.

SOCIOL 387 - Sexuality and Society (SB U)
staff
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.

The many ways in which social factors shape sexuality. Focus on cultural diversity, including such factors as race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity in organizing sexuality in both individuals and social groups. Also includes adolescent sexuality; the invention of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality; the medicalization of sexuality; and social theories about how people become sexual. 

SOCIOL 794D - Gender and Employment
Michelle Budig
Tuesday 10:00-12:30 p.m.

See department for description.

 

SOCIAL THOUGHT


AND POLITICAL ECONOMY (STPEC)  

E 27 Machmer Hall  545-0043

STPEC  - Senior Seminar III:  Thinking Through Gender & Sexuality in History
Darcy Buerkle
Wednesday 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The purpose of this class is to develop an understanding of methodologies and important themes in modern European history and historical writing about gender and sexuality. Our focus on the particularities of the interwoven and overlapping issues of gender relations, power and hierarchy, race, violence, family, religion, cultural and intellectual production will enable amendment, analyses and critique of dominant historical narratives. The history of women and gender in the twentieth century invites a re-examination of nation, citizenship and state-sanctioned violence, in particular.