Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Spring 2014 Component Courses


AFROAM 197B (#50543) – Taste of Honey:  Black Film Since the 1950’s, Part 2
Thursday  6:00-8:30 p.m.
John Bracey

This course will take you on an historical journey exploring the roles of African American men and women highlighting their contributions and struggles in the American movie industry.  Students will learn about the ground breaking movies, roles and actors who helped pave the way for future generation while breaking down racial barriers to tell the story of the African American experience.  In this course you will enjoy a great selection of movies that explore a variety of topics in multiple genres such as, race, gender and stereotypes while reflecting on how these characteristics are portrayed in drama, comedy, musicals, crime, biographies and action movies.

AFROAM 234 – The Harlem Renaissance
Monday, Wednesday  10:10-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday discussions 11:15 and 12:05 Friday discussions 10:10 and 11:15
Steven Tracy

Exploration of the cultural explosion also termed the New Negro movement, from W.E.B. Du Bois through the early work of Richard Wright.   Essays, poetry, and fiction, and the blues, jazz, folklore of the time examined in terms of how Harlem Renaissance artists explored their spiritual and cultural roots, dealt with gender issues, sought artistic aesthetic and style adequate to reflect such concerns.  Readings supplemented by contemporary recordings, visual art, and videos. 

AFROAM 245 – The Slave Narrative
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.

An examination of the African American genre of slave narratives, from the shortest paragraph-long examinations to book-length manifestations that captured the imaginations of 19th century America and the world.  The course will encompass issues of race, gender, sexuality, and historical and literacy contexts of important narratives, which may include those of Olaudah Equiano, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, and Harriet Jacobs, as well as modern and contemporary narratives influenced by the genre.

AFROAM 601 – Slavery
Monday 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Manisha Sinha

This seminar will focus on the rise of slavery in the United States until its destruction during the Civil War.  We shall study slavery as a political and economic institution as well as a day to day lived experience. Within this historical framework, the emphasis will be on broad themes and interpretations: for example, the construction of the concept of "race" and the debate over the origins of slavery, the nature of slave communities and culture, gender and slavery, slavery in a comparative perspective, the significance of slave resistance and the politics of slavery.  The format of the course is discussion.

AFROAM 690J – Passing
Monday  12:00-2:30 p.m.
Steven Tracy

This course will focus on different manifestations of passing from the 19th to the 21st centuries, examining motivations, methods, and outcomes in the context of race, class, gender, sexuality, and literary aesthetic. 


ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT                                     

215 Machmer Hall                                                        545-5939

ANTHRO 370 (#52827)/670 (#52848) – Contemporary Issues for Native American Indians
Thursday  2:30-5:15 p.m
Jean Forward

Study and application of anthropological theory to contemporary problems of North American Indians in the Northeast, including an analysis of their environmental, economic, political, social, and religious variables involved in gaining a holistic perspective of contemporary indigenous problems.  (Gen.Ed. U)

ANTHRO 597CR – Critical Race Theory
Amanda Johnson
Thursday  1:00-3:00 p.m.

In this course, we will examine the genealogy of works in "critical race theory," including foundational texts defining "racism" and the contexts of racial inequality. We will consider works challenging commonsense and scientific constructions of race, those mapping the intersections of race and other subjectivities, particularly gender and class. In the course, we will examine the contradictions, tensions, and silences in critical race theory, while honoring its intention to not only develop a vocabulary for understanding race and racism, but also employ scholarship for the cause social justice.

CLASSICS DEPARTMENT                                              

524 Herter Hall                                                          545-0512


CLASSICS 330 – Witchcraft and Magic
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  12:20-1:10 p.m.
Debbie Felton

Influence of witchcraft and magic on the ancient Greeks and Romans in the context of their social, political, and religious beliefs.  The relationship between ritual magic and religion,  with emphasis on the nature of witchcraft and the psychology of magic.  Recommended prerequisite: Classics 100, 102, or 224.



407 Machmer Hall                                                       545-1311

COMM 593B (#58948) – Fashion, Media, Culture and Style
Monday 3:35-6:35 p.m.
Anne Ciecko

This seminar examines fashion (and the aesthetics of the clothed body and projected identity) as a socio-cultural phenomenon represented in the media, fil, art, and literature.  This interdisciplinary and international overview of critical fasion studies will incporate diverse texts, case studies, theoretical perspectives, and analytical tools. 



430 Herter Hall                                                          545-0929

COMP-LIT 141 – Good and Evil:  East-West
#1 (#50614) Tuesday, Thursday  2:30-3:45 p.m.
#2 (#50616) Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:15-12:05 p.m.
#3 (#50617) Monday, Wednesday, Friday   10:10-11:00 .m.
#4 (#50618) Monday, Wednesday, Friday  12:20-1:10 p.m.
#5 (#50645) Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 .m.

The imaginative representation of good and evil in Western and Eastern classics, folktales, children's 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, unwanted children.  (GenEd AL, G)

COMP-LIT 204 (#58353) – Medieval Epic and Romance
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.
Daniel Armenti

The heroic tradition in European literature from ancient Sumeria to the Medieval period. Emphasis on the myths of masculine and feminine, male and female divinities, male and female heroes and the problem of war and peace.  (GenEd AL)

COMP-LIT 231 - Comedy
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Barry Spence
Nahir Otano-Gracia

Our course begins with the premise that contemporary American comedy is informed by the histories of ethnic American groups ? African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and U.S. Latinos/Latinas ? along with issues of race, class, sexuality and citizenship. American comedians, independent filmmakers, feminists and transgendered comics deploy the language of comedy to invoke serious social matters in contemporary American life: racism, heterosexism, homophobia, class biases against the poor and the undocumented, misogyny, war and other burning issues of the day. We will thus consider that the ends of comedy are more than laughter. Comedy confronts political issues that are constitutive of and threatening to the U.S. body politic.  GenEd (AL)

COMP-LIT 320H (#59190) – Irish Writers and Cultural Context
Tuesday, Thursday  2:30-3:45 p.m.
Patricia Gorman

Irish Writers and Cultural Contexts is a lively introduction to the cultural content of a particular literature providing a lens to explore the interdisciplinary inherent in literature, and cross-cultural comparison in literary and artistic expression. Grounded in Irish writers of distinction, we will examine the representation of cultural renaissance, social stratification and memory. Designed for complexity as well as fostering and exercising critical thinking, this course also examines the intersections of myth, religion, art, gender, nationalism, identity in cultural creative expression both in Irish particularity and in comparative study. Works include those by writers, poets and dramatists such as W.B.Yeats, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Roddy Doyle Patrick Kavanaugh, Eavan Boland, Brian Friel, Patricia Burke Grogan, and Marina Carr. GenEd (AL)


ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT                                          

1006 Thompson Hall                                                     545-2590

ECON 144H (#58260) – Political Economy of Racism
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.
Lisa Saunders

Introductory economic analysis of inequality by race. A range of topics: from colonialism, slavery and Jim Crow to wealth, income and earnings inequality, immigration reform and environmental racism today.  . (GenEd SB, U)

ECON 397M (#58274) – City, Industry, Labor in Modern India
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.
Priyanka Srivastava

Focusing on Calcutta (present day Kolkata) and Bombay (present day Mumbai), the two most important port cities and industrial centers of British India, this course examines how trade and industrialization shaped urban society and politics in colonial India. We will explore themes that include the following: colonial trade, the gendered history of colonial labor migration, beginning of factory industries, the emergence of a class of industrial entrepreneurs and wage earners, the built environment of colonial cities, industrial housing, the development of labor unions and their interactions with the anti-imperialist nationalist politics.


170 Bartlett Hall                                                         545-2332


ENGL 492G – 3 Native American Novelists
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.
Ron Welburn

This course is open to Senior and Junior English Majors only.  See department for description.


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION                                             

123 Furcolo Hall                                                         545-0234

EDUC 115 (#55379) – Embracing Diversity
Thursday  11:15 – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday discussions 11:15-12:30
Benita Barnes

This course is about cultural diversity in the University community and how we can better understand ourselves and others through an appreciation of college education as a cultural experience, with its own unique set of rules, biases, and expectations.  The course is designed for first year students. (GenEd I,U)

EDUC 210 – Social Diversity in Education
#1 Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m. (#55380), Maurianne Adams , Andrea Domingue
#2 Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m. (#55435), Maurianne Adams, Nini Hayes
#3 Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m. (#55436), Maurianne Adams, Marjorie Valdivia
#4 Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m. (#55515), Maurianne Adams, Anais Surkin
#5 Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m. (#55543), Maurianne Adams, Keri DeJong

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.  (Gen.Ed. I, U)

EDUC 258 (#55437) – Education, Social Justice and Diversity Through Peer Theater
Tuesday  4:00-6:30 p.m.
David Neely, Maurianne Adams, Michael Dodge

Students in this class develop dramatic scenarios to engage their peers with issues of diversity and social justice.  This class explores social justice issues on personal, institutional and societal levels, as experienced in schools, families, neighborhoods and on this campus. (Gen.Ed. U)

EDUC 292A (#58138) – Voices Against Violence
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.
Tom Schiff

The Voices Against Violence model is focused on a "bystander" model that empowers each participant to take an active role in promoting a positive community.  Exploration of real-life scenarios through interactive discussion and role-plays.

EDUC 392A – Social Justice Issues Workshop
Orientation is on TH 1/30
Kerrita Mayfield

The workshop focuses on specific current issues related to the interaction of various manifestations of social oppression.  This course can be repeated one time for a total of two credits.


314 Herter Hall                                                          545-2314


FRENCHST 280 (#51826) – Love and Sex in French Culture
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.
Patrick Mensah

Course taught in English.  Histories and development of African Francophone and Caribbean film, from its inception to the present day. The sociocultural, economic, and political forces and imperatives defining its forms and directions. Questions this work raises in film aesthetics and theory as a whole. Screenings and analysis of films by Sembene, Achkar, Kabore, Mweze, Cisse, Drabo, Bekolo, Teno, Peck, Palcy, Lara, Haas, and others.  (Gen.Ed. AT, G)


HISTORY DEPARTMENT                                              

612 Herter Hall                                                          545-1330

HISTORY 170 (#58053) – Indigenous Peoples of North America
Monday, Wednesday  11:15-12:05 p.m.
Friday discussions at 9:05, 10:10, 11:15, 12:20 and 1:25
Alice Nash

The diverse histories of indigenous peoples in North America from their origins to the present. Focus on indigenous perspectives, examining social, economic, and political issues experienced by indigenous peoples. Emphasis on diversity, continuity, change, and self-determination. (GenEd HS, U)

HISTORY 493P (#58111)/693P (#58114) – Indigenous Peoples and the UN
Wednesday  2:30-5:00 p.m.
Alice Nash

On September 13, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This interdisciplinary seminar takes its framework from the Declaration, exploring relevant issues each week with historical and contemporary examples. Students will play an active role in selecting readings and leading class discussion. No prior knowledge is required but initiative, critical thinking, and hard work are essential.

HISTORY 601 (#52019) – European Historiography
Monday  2:30-5:00 p.m.
Jennifer Heuer

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to a variety of the best recent historical writing on modern Europe. The topics range from the French Revolution to recent debates over German history in relation to the Holocaust and global-history perspectives on Europe's past. Included are classic questions such as explaining the French Revolutionary Terror and the rise of the Nazis as well as new inquiries into the history of private life, gender, and collective memory. Besides participating in weekly discussions, each student will write a book review and a review essay, present a commentary on the readings to the class, and write a paper on a historiographical methodology or style. Students who are not concentrating in European history may learn much that could be useful from the approaches and methodological thinking of leading European historians.

JUDAIC 392M - The Jewish Labor Movement in America
Tuesday 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Jacquelyn Southern

This course will explore the history and legacies of Jews and Jewish secularism in the labor movement in America. It will examine the causes and effects of large-scale Jewish immigration from Russia and Eastern Europe; ideals of emancipation and justice as expressed and worked out through labor struggles; the role of Jewish communities, unions, intellecturals, and activists in bettering workers', women's, and minorities' conditions; innovations in twentiety-century organizing, bargaining, and political strategies introduced by Jewis-led unions, especially in the needle trades; and continued impacts of Jewis labor on the larger labor movement up to the present.


LEGAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT                                      

Thompson Hall                                                            545-0021


LEGAL – 297LL (#58480) – Law, Literature and History:  American Experience
Wednesday  4:40-7:10 p.m.
Abigail Dallman

How do writers grapple with legal questions?  How does the law respond to issues raised in the realm of cultural or popular expression? Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this survey course will examine the legal history of the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth centuries against a larger historical frame which includes literature, film, journalism, and other forms of cultural expression.  The turn of the last century was a period of tremendous change in the United States: we entered an age of imperialism, the nation experienced tremendous industrial growth, technological advances required new laws and understandings of privacy and property, and the nation grappled with the meanings of citizenship in the face of immigration, post-bellum emancipation, and the agitation of women for the vote. Significantly, many precedents set during this time of change and development still resonate in our culture today.  Using the critical viewpoint that historical analysis facilitates, we will examine an array of different topics and wonder about the role of legislation in the creation of culture and society, and simultaneously, the role of culture and society in the creation of legislation.

LEGAL 397AF – Law and Society in Africa
Thursday  4:00-6:30 p.m.
Sindiso Mnisi Weeks

The course explores legal issues in Sub-Saharan Africa in relation to the prevailing cultures, the historical and ongoing tensions between imported norms and standards, and home-grown normative systems and values.  We will look at contemporary socio-legal issues including informal justice systems; democratic governance; economic development, production and regulation; as well as legal development in the face of cultural practices relating to initiation, marriage and inheritance that are perceived to be harmful or in violation of human rights (especially women’s rights).


POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT                                

218 Thompson Hall                                                       545-2438

POLSCI 361 (# 56331) – Civil Liberties
#1 Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.
#2 Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.
Sheldon Goldman

Development of constitutional law in the civil liberties sphere. First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, and religion, and certain rights of the accused; the rights of African-Americans and other minorites and the rights of women and gays under the equal protection of the laws clause. Prerequisite: basic American politics course or equivalent.

POLSCI 392SH (#58313) – Sports, Policy, and Politics
Monday, Wednesday  5:15-6:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Sharrow

Where are politics in the spaces we go for leisure and play?  Sports and politics have become increasingly intertwined over the past 40 years.  Local, state, and federal governments, as well as non-governmental bodies like the NCAA, regulate who can participate in sports, and what standards players must meet to do so.  But sports have also become the battleground for major political discussions around sex equity, racial inclusion, sexuality, physical ability, and drug testing.  Why and how has this happened, and how can studying sports teach us about the politics of inclusion, political identity, and public policy? We will focus on the linkages between policy, politics, and sports in historical and contemporary contexts, primarily in the U.S.


PUBLIC HEALTH & HEALTH SCIENCES                             

101 Arnold House                                                       545-4530

PUBHLTH 160 (#55869) – My Body, My Health
Monday, Wednesday  2:30-3:20 p.m.
Friday discussions, 9:05, 10:10, 11:15, 12:20 and 1:25
Daniel Gerber, Healther Lively, Kiera Milewski

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.  (Gen.Ed. SI)

PUBHLTH 690F – Social Justice
Friday  12:20-3:05 p.m.
Aline Gubrium

See department for description.


PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT                                          

441 Tobin Hall                                                           545-2383

PSYCH 391G – Child, Family and Community
Tuesday, Thursday  8:00-9:15 a.m.
Maureen Perry-Jenkins

This course will examine children's development and socialization in the context of families, communities, and the larger social context.  An ecological perspective will be used that highlights the multiple levels of influence that shape a child's life and which recognizes the active role of the individual in shaping, as well as being shaped by, social contexts.  The complex interactions among families, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, government, and historical time period will be explored as they serve to provide opportunities and risks for the developing child.  Ultimately, the goal of this course is to focus on the developing child in the real world.  To understand humans we must understand the groups from which they come, the context of their human community, and the complex interplay between the individual and these settings.



Gordon Hall, 1st Floor                                                   545-3940

PUBP&ADM 697SM – Social Movements and Public Policy
Tuesday  3:00-5:30 p.m.
Steven Boutcher
Protest is a common feature of American political and social life. Social Movements are often believed to be effective vehicles for policy change. In this course we will evaluate this claim by understanding the role of social movements in the policy process. We will examine the dynamics of social movements—analyzing the conditions that give rise to them, shape their development, and the ultimate impact that they have on politics and American society. This seminar is largely organized around theoretical discussions of movement dynamics with empirical examples across a variety of movements.   This course has two main objectives: 1) to provide a theoretical foundation for how social scientists study social movements and collective action; 2) to critically evaluate the relationship between public policy and social movements.

RESOURCE ECONOMICS                                              

101 Stockbridge Hall                                                    545-2490


RES-ECON 470 (#58192) – Family Policy Issues and Implication
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.
Sheila Mammen

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 224 – Social Class and Inequality
#1 (#56171) Monday, Wednesday  2:30-3:20 p.m.
#2  (#56172) Monday, Wednesday  11:15-12:05 p.m.

The nature of social classes in society from the viewpoint of differences in economic power, political power, and social status. Why stratification exists, its internal dynamics, and its effects on individuals, subgroups, and the society as a whole. Problems of poverty and the uses of power.  (Gen.Ed. SB, U)

SOCIOL 329 – Social Movements
#1 (#56251) Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:15-12:05 p.m., TBA
#2 (#58246) Tuesday, Thursday  2:30-3:45 p.m., Dan Clawson

Explores how and why social movements occur, what strategies they use, how they create collective identities, how issues such as civil rights, workers' rights, women's rights, the environment, the global economy mobilize activists' participation within the circumstances faced.

SOCIOL 391D - Conformity and Deviance
Wednesday 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Janice Irvine

This course examines the social processes of rule-making and rule-breaking, and how categories of "normal" and "deviance" change historically. We examine different theories of conformity and deviance, using topics such as sexuality and politics.


SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE                                        

416 Herter Hall                                                          545-2887

SPANISH 397W (#52243) – Latin American Cinema
Wednesday  4:00-6:30 p.m.
Jose Ornelas

The course is designed to introduce students to the cinematic work of some of the most important Latin American directors from the seventies to the present. The course will center on a variety of topics that are vital to the understanding of the most significant political, historical, social and cultural events that have shaped Latin America. Some of the topics to be examined in the class are: racial, gender, sexual and identity issues; nation formation; revolution; immigration; repression; utopia; resistance; violence; freedom and slavery. Students will be expected to develop interpretative filmic skills through an exploration of the connections between the technical composition of the films and the social, political, and cultural context to which each film refers. Films for the course will be chosen from the following list: Camila, The Official Story, The Other Conquest, El hijo de la novia, Bye Bye Brazil, Central Station, Quilombo, City of God, Obstinate Memory, Azucar Amarga, Guantanamera, Memories of Underdevelopment, Strawberry and Chocolate, Nueba Yol, The Time of the Butterflies, El Norte, Amores Perros, Y tu mama tambien, Cabeza de Vaca, Like Water for Chocolate, Herod's Law, El callejon de los milagros, Danzon, The Oxcart, Ratas, ratones, rateros, The City of the Dogs, Our Lady of the Assassins, Machuca, and The Lion's Den. Course may be used for Certificate in Film Studies.

SPANISH 415 - Culture, Civilization Spain
Thursday 1:00-3:45 p.m.
Marta DelPozo Ortea

Spain's history and identity; the role of the church, women and social classes. Use of literary and non-literary texts, and videos. Historical periods covered depend on the instructor. Prerequisites: SPANISH 320 or 321, 322 or 323 or consent of instructor.



E 27 Machmer Hall                                                      545-0043

STPEC 291Q (#51022)/HIST 492AH (#58139) – Science for the People
Tuesday  2:30-5:00 p.m.
Sigrid Schmalzer

Topic:  The 1970s and Today.   Students will participate in a weekend conference to be held at UMass April 11-13, 2014. The conference will examine the history of the science-activist organization Science for the People and its relevance issues we face today, including climate change, GMOs, the militarization of scientific research, and the scientific construction of race and gender. In addition to attending all conference activities on Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday morning, students will contribute to on-line discussions on Moodle.  Instructor consent is required. 

STPEC 391H (#57597) – Junior Seminar I
Tuesday, Thursday  11:00-12:45 p.m.
Hari Kumar

Open to Senior, Junior and Sophomore STPEC majors only.  Prerequisite:  POLSCI 171 or HISTORY 101, one ECON 100 level course, and STPEC 101.

STPEC 392H (#57598) – Junior Seminar I
Tuesday, Thursday  11:00-12:45 p.m.
Graciela Monteagudo

Open to Senior, Junior and Sophomore STPEC majors only.  Prerequisite:  STPEC 391H.

STPEC 491H (#57599) – Senior Seminar I
Tuesday, Thursday  11:00-12:45 p.m.

Topic:  Global Health Inequalities.  Open to junior and senior STPEC students only.  Prerequisite:  STPEC 391H.

STPEC 491H (#57598) – Senior Seminar III
Tuesday 2:30-5:00
Robert Weir

Topic:  American Labor:  Theory, work and movements.  Open to Senior and Junior STPEC majors only



112 Fine Arts Center                                                    545-3490

THEATER 130 (#50900)– Contemporary Playwrights of Color
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.
Priscilla Page

Theater movements of Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans, and the body of literature by contemporary playwrights of color within a historical context.  (Gen.Ed. AL, U)

THEATER 397K (#57974)– Multicultural Theater and Latino Experience
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.
Priscilla Page

Contact department for description.