This listing is meant as a guide to courses offered that have content on gender and/or sexuality. For a full listing of courses offered, please refer to the www.umassulearn.net website.

Wintersession 2011 Online classes
December 20 - January 15, 2011

Departmental
(100-level courses do count towards the minor but NOT the major)

ANTHRO 205 – Inequality and Oppression
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.

COMM 288 – Gender, Sex and Representation
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).

ENGLISH 132 – Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture (3 sections)
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 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.

Component
(100-level courses do count towards the minor but NOT the major)

ANTHRO 103 – Human Origins and Variations
The biological aspects of being human. Evolution, how and where the human species originated, and biological similarities and dissimilarities among contemporary human groups.

ANTHRO 104 – Culture, Society and People
The nature of culture and its role in creating forms of social, economic and political life in diverse historical and geographical contexts. Readings drawn from contemporary ethnographies of various peoples, analyzing the persistence of cultural diversity in the midst of global social and socioeconomic forces.

COMPLIT 141 – Good and Evil:  East-West (2 sections)
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. Very popular course; register early. Order textbooks before course begins so you don't fall behind.

SOC 103 – Social Problems
Introduction to sociology. The major social problems facing American society today such as crime, mental health, drug addiction, family tensions, and inequalities based on race, gender, ethnicity, and social class, are reviewed contemporarily and historically.

SPRING 2011
January 18 – May 3 (unless otherwise noted)

Departmental
(100-level courses do count towards the minor but NOT the major)

ENGLISH 132 – Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture (2 sections)
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 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.

Component
(100-level courses do count towards the minor but NOT the major)

ANTHRO 103 – Human Origins and Variations
The biological aspects of being human. Evolution, how and where the human species originated, and biological similarities and dissimilarities among contemporary human groups.

ANTHRO 104 – Culture, Society and People
The nature of culture and its role in creating forms of social, economic and political life in diverse historical and geographical contexts. Readings drawn from contemporary ethnographies of various peoples, analyzing the persistence of cultural diversity in the midst of global social and socioeconomic forces.

COMPLIT 141 – Good and Evil:  East-West (2 sections)
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. Very popular course; register early. Order textbooks before course begins so you don't fall behind.

ENGLISH 270 – American Identities
Explores the ways literature participates in the definition of national identity. Readings focus on ways American issues of creed, class, status, gender, self and community, possession and dispossession, nationhood and ethnicity, and language have contributed to American identities.

SOC 397S – Crime and Inequality
This course will explore issues of inequality within the construction and application of the law. Why are some actions defined as criminal and not others?  Why are some groups more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system than others?  This course will examine the historical construction of the American criminal justice system. It will also explore the interplay between law, crime and various social institutions like the family, the welfare system, and the economy.

SOC 481 – Sociology of Mental Health
A critical look at mental health and illness. Topics to include: definitions, social distribution, theories of causation, diagnosis, treatment planning and policy issues. Special attention will be placed on the intersections of race, class, gender, sexualities, and ethnicity as they relate to the field.