Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Spring 2014 CPE Courses

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WINTER 2014

DEPARTMENTAL
(100-level courses count towards the WGSS minor, but not the WGSS major with the exception of our own WOMENSST 187)

COMM 288 Gender, Sex & 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).

ENGLISH 132 – Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture
Christopher Hennessy
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.

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

ANTHRO 205 Inequality and Oppression
Honora Sullivan-Chin
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.

HISTORY 387AF - American Folk Music and Social Change
Robert Weir
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.

PSYCH 391DA - Diversity Among Contemporary American Families
Rachel Farr
See Spire for description.

PUBHLTH 160 My Body, My Health
Christie Barcelos
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.

SOCIOL 222 The Family
Laura Heston
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).

SOCIOL395K S-Domestic Violence
Laura Hickman
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.


SPRING 2014

DEPARTMENTAL
(100-level courses count towards the WGSS minor, but not the WGSS major with the exception of our own WOMENSST 187)

ENGLISH 132 – Gender, Sexuality, Literature and Culture
Andrew Fox
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.

LEGAL 391S Islamophobia, Multiculturism, and Law
Christopher Sweetapple

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.
EDUC 595G - LGBT Issues in Education
Maria Gonzalez
See Spire for description

SOCIOL 103 - Social Problems
Sonny Nordmarken
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.
COMPONENT
(WGSS majors and minors must concentrate their work on gender.  100-level courses count towards the WGSS minor but NOT the WGSS major)

EDUC 591W - Recognizing Family Values and Initiating Interventions
Kevin Warwick

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.

SOCIOL 395K Domestic Violence
Laura Hickman

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. Part of the Criminal Justice Studies Certificate Program but open to all.