Continuing and Professional Education

This listing is meant as a guide to courses offered that have content on gender and/or sexuality through Continuing Education. For a full listing of courses offered, please refer to the website. Courses are online unless otherwise stated.

Winter 2012 (12/19/2011-1/2/2012)

(100-level courses count toward the WGSS minor but NOT the WGSS major)

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
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. Popular course, register early; don't be shut out.

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. Elective course in Criminal Justice Studies Certificate Online Program but open to all.

WOMENSSST 187 – Gender, Sexuality and Culture
Placing women's experiences at the center of interpretation, this class introduces basic concepts and key areas of gender both historically and contemporaneously. It is an interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and cross cultural study of gender as well as an overview of theoretical perspectives of its intersection with other social constructs of difference (race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age). We will move beyond the theme of "gender difference" and examine the ongoing debate about the politics of gender inequality and inequity in our societies and cultures. Students will engage in critical reading and thinking about these interlocking systems which have shaped and influenced the historical, cultural, social, political, and economical contexts of our lives. Specific attention will be given to resistance of those gendered inequalities, and the various ways that social movements have created new systems of change by engaging in national and global transformational politics.


(WGSS majors and minors must concentrate their work on gender.  100-level courses count toward the WGSS minor but NOT the WGSS 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.

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.

COMPLIT 141 – Good and Evil:  East and West
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
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. Part of the School Counseling Series but open to all.

HISTORY 397AF – American Folk Music and Social Change
Can singing change the world? From the first strains of “Yankee Doodle” to recent anti-Gulf War offerings, millions of Americans have found it a useful tool in the battle for change and social justice. Surveys and samples American folk music from the Colonial era through the present as expressed in protest and reform movements. Among the social movements whose musical traditions will be analyzed are: organized labor, slave resistance movements, antiwar protestors, the civil rights movement, women’s liberation groups, Native American activists, and 1960s and post-1960s protest movements. We will also look at such famed balladeers as Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Aunt Molly Jackson, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Ani DiFranco.

PUBHLTH 160 – My Body/My Health
Principles of health promotion and personal wellness with emphasis on stress management, nutrition, physical fitness, substance abuse prevention, prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, and human sexuality.

SOC 103 – Social Problems
Introduction to sociology. America's major social problems--past and present--are examined. These include crime, mental health, drug addiction, family tensions and inequalities based on race, gender, ethnicity and social class.