Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Spring 2013 Continuing and Professional Education Courses


WINTER 2013

DEPARTMENTAL
(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.

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

COMM – Media Public Relations and Propaganda
This course examines the role that commercial advertising-supported media, as well as the public relations industry, play in the democratic process of American society. It examines the history of  the development of the media system such that it comes to be an adjunct to the system of corporate marketing, and the crucial role played by public relations in shaping public perceptions and debate about important subjects. There is heavy emphasis on how public perceptions about domestic issues, international relations, war and the military/industrial complex have come to be narrowly controlled by economic and political elites.

COMPLIT 141 – Good and Evil – East and 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.

EDUC – Recognizing Family Values and Intervention
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 305AT – Bread and Roses:  An American Tapestry
American history features many long, bloody strikes but none as dramatic as the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The so-called Bread and Roses strike unfolded like a plot out of Dickens: workers storming out of the mills, police flailing their nightsticks, IWW organizers coming to Lawrence, a spontaneous, flag waving parade of 10,000. This class will explore the strike's chess-like strategies, its day-to-day drama, its personalities, and its impact on America and on the labor movement. The class will also explore labor history before and after the strike, provide an overview of America during the Progressive Era, and consider problems posed by labor, immigration and cross-cultural conflict. Students will complete discussion assignments and activities, one short paper, a mid-term and a final.

LEGAL 391S – Islamophobia, Multiculturism and the Law
Multiculturalism has become both highly contested and deeply entrenched in contemporary societies in North America, Australia and Western Europe. As a political strategy to manage the social friction between minorities and majorities in increasingly diverse nation-states, multiculturalism has come under attack from both the right and left poles of the political spectrum throughout the world for its ostensible failures. Muslims have occupied a central place in these local, national and international debates. The threat of Islamic terrorism has provoked a measurable rise among European and North American nationals of what scholars and activists have somewhat controversially named "Islamophobia". This course surveys scholarship about this vexed role of Muslim minorities in what is conventionally called "the West", paying special attention to how the domain of law has become the defining terrain in which these debates play out and are contested. Drawing on anthropology, sociology, history and legal studies scholarship, we will explore such topics as: the links between anti-Muslim attitudes and racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia; legacies of colonialism and the impacts of transnational migration; the history of multicultural policies; contemporary gender and sexual politics; secularism, blasphemy and the limits of free speech; the interpenetration of immigration and criminal justice; profiling and terrorism.

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.

THEATER – Contemporary Playwrights of Color
Theater movements of Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans, and the body of literature by contemporary playwrights of color within a historical context.


SPRING 2013

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

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.

PSYCH 391ZZ S - Psychology of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Experience
Students in this course will expire psychological theory and research pertaining to gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Topics include sexual orientation, sexual identity development, stigma management, heterosexism and homonegativity, gender roles, same-sex relationships, LGB families, LGB diversity, and LGB mental health.  Class Requisites: PSYCH 240 and 241

SOCIOL 395K S - 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.


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

ANTHRO 270 - North American Indians
Survey of the indigenous people of America north of Mexico; their regional variations and adaptations, their relationship to each other and the changes taking place in their lifeways.

COMP-LIT 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 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.