AFROAM 491C - Cuba: Social History of Race, Class, & Gender
Karen Morrison
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.

This undergraduate seminar focuses on two central questions: What were the social conditions in which the Cuban Revolution emerged and how have these conditions been transformed since 1959? We will explore the tremendous variety within Cuban society and the historical situations that engendered it. The course highlights the ways in which Cubans have engaged with colonialism, slavery, global economic integration, nationalism, gender, and race. The class will also assist students in honing their historical-analysis and critical-thinking skills as they examine the major historiographic trends related to the above issues.

Anthropology Department 215 Machmer Hall 545-5939

ANTHRO 205 – Inequality and Oppression (SB, U)
Kaila Kuban
Monday, Wednesday 1:25-2:15 p.m.,  plus discussions

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.

Asian Languages and Literature 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.


Art History 317B Bartlett Hall 545-3595

ART HIST 384/674 – Great Themes in Art – Race, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Art
Mario Ontiveros
Monday, Wednesday 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Focusing on art since the 1960’s, this upper-level, discussion-based course examines how art has been used to engage issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation.  It will also examine the ways in which activists, artists, cultural practitioners and curators have grappled with the enabling aspects, pressures, presumptions, and expectations around identity.  Pre-requisite: Art History 324.

Communications 407 Machmer Hall      545-1311

COMM 288 - Gender, Sex and Representation
Sut Jhally

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 491A – Media & Construction of Gender
Lynn Phillips
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 p.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 430 Herter Hall      545-0929

COMP LIT 592A – Medieval Women 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 1004 Thompson Hall      545-2590

ECON 348 - The Political Economy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.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.


English 170 Bartlett Hall      545-2332

ENGLISH 132 - Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture (AL, G)
Rachel Mordecai
Monday, Wednesday 4:40-5:30 p.m.,  plus discussions on Thursday

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?

ENGLISH 297TT – Queer Writing
Morgan Lynn, Andrea Lawlor
Tuesday 4:00-6:30 p.m.

In this course, we will explore the term “queer writing,” asking what it is, who makes it, how it works. We’ll explore the intersection of queer writing, queer identity, and queer rhetorical action, and will play with and produce our own queer texts.


French and Francophone Studies  314 Herter Hall      545-2314

FrenchSt 280 – Love & Sex in 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.


History Department 612 Herter Hall      545-1330

History 389 – US Women's History Since 1890 (HSU)
Laura Lovett
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-1:50 p.m., discussions Monday

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.

HISTORY 397W - History of Reproductive Rights in the U.S.
Joyce Berkman
Lecture  Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.

This course examines the major political, social, economic and cultural patterns of change and continuity that characterize the lives of American women from the colonial era to 1890. Topics covered include: European, African, and Native American women's experiences; religious conformity and dissent; the gendered nature and consequences of the American Revolution; developments in women's education, the impact of ruling scientific and medical ideas on views of women's bodies and sexuality; women's movements for social reform and the abolition of slavery, women's rights advocacy and issues of citizenship and the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on women's experience. Course requirements: a variety of readings, debates and panel discussions, reflection papers and one position paper. Extra credit and Honors credit are options.

History 594Z - Black Women & Politics in the 19th Century
Irene Krauthamer
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.

This writing seminar focuses on 19th-century African American women's involvement in political issues such as abolition, women's suffrage, public health, worker's rights and education.  Students will read both primary sources and current scholarship on the subject.  Students will work on independent research projects through the semester and will present that research in their final paper and an oral presentation to the class. 

HISTORY 791B – U.S. Women & Gender History
Joyce Berkman
Monday 7:00-9:30 p.m.

This research seminar encourages research and writing on the history of women and/or gender in American 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, including varieties of modes of historical research and writing. If useful, we will also meet with UMass and Smith College archivists. Attention to oral history theory and practice will form a unit in this study. The second half of the semester revolves around the first draft of your paper or project, which you present to the class for discussion. Students submit critiques of Seminar members’ drafts. A final draft of your paper or project is due by the end of the semester.
If you have not completed a course or courses in women and/or gender history prior to this course, please see me before January for a readings list to prepare you for this Seminar.


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 focuses on the shifting historical constructions (from biblical to contemporary times) of women's and men's gender roles and in Judaism and their cultural and social consequences.

Legal Studies Thompson Hall     545-0021

LEGAL 391G – Women and the Law
Diana Yoon
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m.

How have legal scholars addressed the status of women in society?  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, education and the workplace.

Philosophy 352 Bartlett Hall      545-2330

PHIL 592G - Philosophy of Gender in the 17th & 18th Centuries                                                   
Eileen O’Neill
Wednesday 3:35-6:05 p.m.

See department for description.


Political Science 218 Thompson Hall      545-2438

POLISCI 375H – Feminist Theory & Politics
Barbara Cruikshank
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25-2:15 p.m.

A theoretical consideration of different feminisms including liberal-feminism, socialist-feminism, anarcha-feminism, radical feminism and eco-feminism. Also examines: the relation between feminist theory and practice; the historical development of feminism; feminist issues within the canon of political theory; the problem of identity and difference(s) as related to race, class, and gender.

POLISCI 391M – Women and Politics in Africa
Catharine Newbury
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.

This course will explore the genesis and effects of political activism by women in Africa, which some believe represents a new African feminism, and its implications for state/ civil society relations in contemporary Africa.  Topics will include the historical effects of colonialism on the economic, social, and political roles of African Women, the nature of urban/rural distinctions, and the diverse responses by women to the economic and political crises of postcolonial African policies.  Case studies of specific African countries, with readings of novels and women's life histories as well as analyses by social scientists.

POLISCI 795B – Feminist Theory & Politics
Barbara Cruikshank
Friday 3:00-5:30 p.m.

See department for description.


Public Health & Health Sciences 408 Arnold House      545-4603

PUBHLTH 213 - Peer Health Educ. I
Amanda Vann, April McNally
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, Amanda Vann
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 441 Tobin Hall   545-2383

PSYCH 391ZZ - Psychology of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Experience
John Bickford
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:15 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.

PSYCH 391VV – Pregnancy, Paturition & Postpartum Depression
Unja Hayes
Thursday  4:00-6:30 p.m.

The purpose of this course is to examine the psychosocial and neurobiological factors characteristic of pregnancy and parturition and how they can protect against stress or contribute to an increased vulnerability to changes in mood (e.g., depression) after delivery. We will review literature using both human and animal models. Course requirements include class participation, mini-writing assignments, presentations, and a term paper.  Course open to Psych majors only.  Pre-requisites required.


Sociology 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 p.m.

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)                                                                     
Naomi Gerstel
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:05 p.m.,  plus discs Friday

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
Katherine Rickenbacker

  1. Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:15 a.m.
  2. Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 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
Barbara Tomaskovic-Devey
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)
Amy Schalet
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30-3:20 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 391A – Sex, Science & Politics
Janice Irvine
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:15 a.m.

The goal of this course is to offer historical and sociological perspectives on sexual science, sexual politics, and the relationship between them in the modern west and especially in the United States. It examines when and why researchers begin to consider human sexual behavior and identity as legitimate subjects of scientific inquiry and targets of both biomedical and psychological intervention. It examines academic and public debates about the legitimacy of the science of sexuality. It explores the role science has played in distinguishing between (and creating) social boundaries between sexual normality and abnormality and how these have been structured by social categories such as race, class, and age as well as gender and sexual orientation.

SOCIOL 792F – Family & Work
Naomi Gerstel
Tuesday 6:00-8:30 p.m.

See department for description.


Spanish and Portuguese 416 Herter Hall      545-2887

SPAN 497CL – Pequena historia de la escritura femenina en el Caribe
Margara Russotto
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15-12:30 p.m.

This course is a panoramic review of the works by female writers in the Hispanic Caribbean, both insular and continental, aiming to create a historical itinerary of its themes and problems, from the 19th century to the present. We will read selected works from Republica Dominicana, Venezuela, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Puerto Rico, among others. Students will be expected to participate intensively: there will be oral presenations, book reviews, a midterm exam, and a final paper. TAUGHT IN SPANISH. Pre-requisite: 319, 322, 323, 417 or consent from the instructor.