Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Spring 2014 Departmental Courses

Departmental courses automatically count towards the major or minor with the exception of 100-level coures, which only count towards the minor.

Afro-American Studies 329 New Africa House  545-2751

AFROAM 297F (#59000) – Black Women in the Americas and the Carribbean
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.
Karla Zelaya

This course will survey the historical, political, economic and socio-cultural realities that Black women in the Americas and the Caribbean have faced and continue to face. A variety of readings by and about Black women will highlight the ways in which race, class, and gender combine to operate in the lives of Black women. Special attention will be paid to Black women as laborers, Black women as political activists, and the various ways in which Black women in the Americas and the Caribbean experience race and gender.

Anthropology Department 215 Machmer Hall 545-5939

ANTHRO 104 – Culture, Society and People
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.
Jean Forward

Cultural Anthropology is the study of human life-ways, including our own. Using anthropological methods, theories, critical thinking and a holisitc perspective, this Gen. Ed. course explores the broad range of cultural diversity throughout the world, broadening the collegiate experience and undestanding of class, gender, "race", ethnicity and the entire scope of human societies.

ANTHRO 104B – Culture, Society and People
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9:05-9:55 a.m.

See above description.  RAP Orchard Hill Freshman ONLY.

ANTHRO 205 – Inequality and Oppression
Monday, Wednesday  10:10-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday discussions
Linda Ziegenbein

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.

ANTHRO 297O (#57670) – Gender in Hip Hop Culture
Whitney Battle-Baptiste
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15 – 12:30 p.m.

This course will critically examine issues of race, representation and the sexual politics of hip-hop culture. We will trace the historical implications of race and gender in U.S. culture from slavery onwards and connect how past images of African Americans continue to influence contemporary notions of Black identity. We will trace the early historical moments of the hip-hop movement in order to understand how the culture became synonymous with male dominated spaces and silent women. This course will also explore the role of misogyny, sexual exploitation, and hypermasculinity in current rap music and contrast this with the rise of independent artists challenging and reshaping hip-hop music today. Ultimately, we will look at the role of the internet and alternative forms of media as a means of how hip-hop has moved from the board room to the global stage, giving the power back to the people.


Communications 407 Machmer Hall      545-1311

COMM 288 (#58231) – 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 290AH (#58388) – Media, Public Opinion, and LGBT Rights
Tuesday, Thursday  2:30-3:45 p.m.
Seth Goldman

LGBT rights continue to be one of the most contentious issues in American politics. Why is this so? In this course, we will critically examine social science research that has tried to answer these questions. A key emphasis in this class is on the tole of mass media, and the role that it plays in public opinion change.

COMM 397VV (#58236) – Cinema of the African Diaspora
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.
Demetria Shabazz

What is an Afrocentric vision of woman and what does a woman’s vision of Africa say about being African and Black around the world? These are some of the questions explored in this course on women, identity, and Afrocentric film practices. An objective of the course is to introduce students to the evolution of African women in all aspects of the cinema as image and as image makers. This course not only explores depictions of women, but especially women of color who direct, produce, and write films within the African Diasporic world. Specifically we look at discourses about women and works by filmmakers on and off the continent of Africa that take both an historical and global approach, in terms of issues of representation and film practice. We will study the different and parallel ways these filmmakers write their own sense of identity into their works about who they are as filmmakers speaking for and about issues that may be important to women of African descent. We will look at the various political, social and cultural roles of African women in the visual media of film, video, and television and engage in critical perspectives that examine how Black and African women explore subjectivity, the body, and positionality within the Diaspora. Some of the films we will study include films from Nigeria, Algeria, France, Great Britain, and the U.S. such as Tsitsi Dangarembga?s Everyone's Child; These Hands by Flora Mbugu-Schelling; Ngozi Onwurah?s Monday's Girls; Euzhan Palcy's Rue cases negres or Sugar Cane Alley; Daughter?s of the Dust by Julie Dash; Compensation by Zeinabu irene Davis. This course includes an evening lab and some of the films will be screened during the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival as a part of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts.

COMM 491G (#58504) – Feminist Media Justice
Tuesday  4:00-7:00 p.m.
Mari Castaneda

This team-taught Five College course will explore media justice work  through a feminist lens and engage with communication strategies and  media tools to subvert media misrepresentation and marginalization.   Through community-based research/community service learning projects,  students will develop action-research media analysis, work with 
community partners on digital media empowerment, and promote media  advocacy for policy change.

COMM 494GI (#53085) – Media and Construction of Gender
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.
Lynn Phillips

This course draws on research and theory in communication, psychology, sociology, gender and cultural studies, education, and anthropology 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. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Comm majors.

COMM 494AB (#53085) – Hollywood Film, Diversity and Adaptation
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.
Demetria Shabazz

This course aims to inspire the development of a critical vocabulary for analysis of the formal conventions of film, especially as they bear on literary discourse. In addition, this course will focus on cinematic and literary works that articulate or express specific notions of American identity in terms of race, class, and gender. This class will look specifically at how the film industry negotiates specific literary narratives about identity within American society as a means of adapting the texts to the big screen. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Comm majors.


Comparative Literature 430 Herter Hall      545-0929

COMP-LIT 592A (#50656) – 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 1006 Thompson Hall      545-3815

ECON 348 (#53222) – The Political Economy of Women
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.
Lisa Saunders

A critical review of neoclassical, Marxist, and feminist economic theories pertaining to inequality between men and women in both the family and the firm.


School of Education  125 Furcolo Hall      545-0234

EDUC 202 – Social Issues/Intergroup Relations
Section #1 – Race & Ethnicity Dialogue for all People
Section #2 – Race/Ethnicity Dialogue for White People
Section #3 – Gender Dialogue for all People
Section #4 – Race/Ethnicity & Gender Dialogue for People of Color
Thursday  4:00-6:30 p.m. (5 sections)
Ximena Zuniga

This course focuses on student dialogue about issues of difference, identity and community to facilitate intergroup understanding.  Students actively engage, read about, and examine social justice issues in small groups.  GenEd (SB, U)

EDUC 291E (#55417) – Theatre for Social Change
Tuesday  7:00-9:30 p.m.
David Neely, Maurianne Adams, Michael Dodge

"Shaha:  The Storytellers", a diversity peer education troupe is a theatre-based program that is educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking.  Shaha members perform short scenarios touching on issues of social justice and oppression that many of us are faced with in our day-to-day lives.


English 170 Bartlett Hall      545-2332

ENGLISH 132 (#50667) – Gender, Sexuality, Literature, and Culture
Monday, Wednesday  4:40-5:30 p.m.
Suzanne Daly
Thursday discussions 9:30, 11:15, 1:00, 2:00

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.  (Gen.Ed. AL, G)


Germanic and Scandinavian Studies 513 Herter Hall      545-2350

GERMAN 363 (#58481) – Witches:  Myth and Reality
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  1:15-2:15 p.m.
Kerstin Mueller Dembling

This course focuses on various aspects of witches/witchcraft in order to examine the historical construction of the witch in the context of the social realities of women (and men) labeled as witches.  The main areas covered are:  European pagan religions and the spread of Christianity; the "Burning Times" in early modern Europe, with an emphasis on the German situation; 17th-century New England and the Salem witch trials; the images of witches in folk lore and fairy tales in the context of the historical persecutions; and contemporary Wiccan/witch practices in their historical context.  The goal of the course is to deconstruct the stereotypes that many of us have about witches/witchcraft, especially concerning sexuality, gender, age, physical appearance, occult powers, and Satanism.  Readings are drawn from documentary records of the witch persecutions and witch trials, literary representations, scholarly analyses of witch-related phenomena, and essays examining witches, witchcraft, and the witch persecutions from a contemporary feminist or neo-pagan perspective.  The lectures will be supplemented by related material taken from current events in addition to visual material (videos, slides) drawn from art history, early modern witch literature, popular culture, and documentary sources.  Conducted in English.  (Gen Ed. I, G)


History Department 612 Herter Hall      545-1330

HISTORY 389 (#51982) – U.S. Women’s History Since 1890
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:05
Wednesday discussions 9:05, 10:10, 11:15, 1:25
Laura Lovett

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.  (Gen.Ed. HS, U)

HISTORY 390H (#59109) – U.S. LGBT and Queer History
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.
Julio Capo

Course surveys how queer individuals and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities have influenced the social, cultural, economic, and political landscape in modern American history.

HISTORY 397VW (#59059) – Public History Workshop:
Valley Women’s History Collaborative
Tuesday, Thursday  2:30-3:45 p.m.
Samuel Redman

This workshop provides students with a foundation on emerging methods in digital and public history -- such as geo-mapping and the online exhibition of historical source materials. Class activities and assignments will include both digital components and field experiences around Amherst and the surrounding area.

HISTORY 593J (#58484) – Medieval Women
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  2:30-3:20 p.m.
Anna Taylor

This course will examine experiences, representations, and writings of women in western Europe between the fifth and fifteenth centuries.

HISTORY 594AZ (#58097) – Black Women and Political 19th Century Thought
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.
Irene Krauthamer

See department for description.


Judaic and Near Eastern Studies 744 Herter Hall      545-2550

JUDAIC 383 (#52330) – Women, Gender, Judaism
Tuesday  4:00-6:30 p.m.
Susan Shapiro

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     545-2438

LEGAL 391G (#50972) – Women and the Law
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.
Diana Yoon

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.


Isenberg School of Managment 225 Isenberg     545-5676

MANAGMNT 391B – Women and Men in Organizations
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.
Linda Smircich

This course is open to Juniors & Seniors with majors in the Isenberg School of Management.
Prerequisite: MANAGMNT 301.


Philosophy 352 Bartlett Hall      545-2330

PHILOS 371 (#58012) – Philosophical Perspectives of Gender
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.
Louise Antony

This course will offer systematic examination of a variety of philosophical issues raised by the existence of gender roles in human society: Is the existence or content of such roles determined by nature?  Are they inherently oppressive?  How does the category gender interact with other socially significant categories, like race, class, and sexual orientation?  What would gender equality look like?  How do differences among women complicate attempts to generalize about gender?  In the last part of the course, we will bring our theoretical insights to bear on some topical issue related to gender, chosen by the class, such as: Is affirmative action morally justifiable?  Should pornography be regulated?  Is abortion morally permissible?  Reading will be drawn from historical and contemporary sources.  Methods of analytical philosophy, particularly the construction and critical evaluation of arguments, will be emphasized throughout.   (Gen.Ed. SB, U)

Political Science 218 Thompson Hall      545-2438

POLSCI 297W (#57869) – Introduction to Women and Politics in the U.S.
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.
Maryann Barakso

This course examines women's political incorporation in the United States primarily, but not exclusively, with respect to electoral politics. We explore women's pre-suffrage political activities before delving into the campaign for women's suffrage. We study the effects of achieving suffrage on women's political behavior during the period immediately following their achievement of the right to vote and beyond. The relationship between women and party politics will be probed before discussing the challenges women still face as candidates in state and federal legislatures in the U.S. The extent to which women's participation in campaigns and elections makes a substantive difference in policy making is considered. Subsequent discussions examine the role women's organizations currently play in expanding women's political representation in the U.S.

POLSCI 375 (#59129) – Feminist Theory and Politics
Tuesday, Thursday  4:40-7:10 p.m.
Claire Brault

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.

 POLSCI 397BP (#56402) – The Body Politic
Tuesday, Thursday  1:00-2:15 p.m.
Diane Curtis

An interdisciplinary exploration of how American political and legal power is exercised upon and through the human body. Particular attention will be paid to the regulation and physical control of bodies, as well as the use of bodies in protest and resistance to state power, including through political art. While a range of topics and movements fall within this general description, we will examine most closely the politics of AIDS and reproductive health in the United States.  Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-PolSci majors.

POLSCI 391K (#58313) – Family and the State
Tuesday, Thursday  9:30-10:45 a.m.
Elizabeth Sharrow

Why and how is the state involved in the definition of families, access to marriage, and intervention on behalf of children? This course will address these and other questions as we explore the ways in which the legal boundaries and connections between government and family have evolved over the last century in the United States. Issues of gender, race, class and sexual orientation will naturally play a significant role in these explorations.

POLSCI 791PG (#58506) – History of US Social Policy, Politics of Gender
Wednesday  12:30-3:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Sharrow

This interdisciplinary course, designed for students in both Political Science and History, will concentrate on approaches to the study of the history of U.S. public policy aimed at addressing social and political inequalities.  We will explore the methods, findings, and controversies in research about public policy in American politics, history, and political science from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives and approaches.  Readings will focus our attention on policies aimed at the overlapping axes of marginalization on the basis of gender, race, class, and sexuality, in particular.  Throughout the course, we will analyze the ways in which policy, over time, has come to address issues and discrimination in intersectional ways, defining politically-relevant categories, identities, and forms of marginalization, such as gender, sex, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and ideological and partisan identification.  Students will write a short reaction paper every other week, make two short presentations, and write a research paper that they will present to the class.  POLSCI and HISTORY doctoral grad students. 

Psychology 441 Tobin Hall   545-2383

PSYCH 391ZZ (#54530) – Psychology of the GLB Experience
Tuesday, Thursday  2:30-3:45 p.m.
John Bickford

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.


Public Health & Health Sciences 408 Arnold House      545-4603

PUBHLTH 390W – Fundamentals of Women’s Health
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15 – 12:30 p.m.
Sara Sabelawski

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of issues related to health in women, addressing areas including but not limited to biology, psychology, geography, economics, health policy, and social issues.

PUBHLTH 582 – Family Planning/Women’s Health
Wednesday  12:20-3:05 p.m.
Aline Gubrium

The interface of social and clinical issues, health policy, research, and community health education in the area of women's health across the lifespan. Also open to seniors from the Five Colleges.

Center for Public Policy and Administration Gordon Hall 545-3940

PUBP&ADM 697CW – Comparative Welfare Policy
Thursday  9:30-12:00 p.m.
Joya Misra

The welfare state is a central site for analyses of citizenship, inequality and politics. Indeed, research on welfare states is a key lens through which to examine major theoretical questions around politics and inequality. In this course, you will be introduced to a number of enduring debates in the study of welfare states. What factors support the development and expansion of the welfare state? Do welfare states mediate or institutionalize inequalities of class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, etc.? How do welfare states vary across countries or regions? How do they change over time? What factors support the restructuring or retrenchment of the welfare state? Are welfare states still relevant in an increasingly globalized world?


Sociology 710 Thompson Hall      545-0577

SOCIOL 106 – Race, Gender, Class & Ethnicity
(#56259)Monday, Wednesday, Friday  10:10-11:00 a.m., Caroline Hanley
(#57688) Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m., TBA

Introduction to Sociology.  Analysis of the consequences of membership in racial, gender, class and ethnic groups on social, economic and political life.   (Gen.Ed. SB, U)

SOCIOL 222 – The Family
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:20 p.m.
Friday discussions 9:05, 10:10, 11:15, 12:20, 1:25, 2:30
Naomi Gerstel

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). (Gen.Ed. SB, U)

SOCIOL 344 (#56230) – Gender and Crime
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9:05-9:55 a.m.

The extent and causes of gender differences in crime, from the "streets" to the "suites." Topics include problems in the general measurement of crime, historical and cross-cultural differences in the gender gap, the utility of general theories of the causes of crime in explaining the continuing gender gap, and a detailed look at the question and magnitude of gender discrimination in the American criminal justice system.

SOCIOL 383 – Gender and Society
(#56176) Tuesday, Thursday  2:30-3:45 p.m.
(#56200) Tuesday, Thursday  4:00-5:15 p.m.

Analysis of: 1) historical and cross-cultural variation in positions and relationships of women and men; 2) contemporary creation and internalization of gender and maintenance of gender differences in adult life; 3) recent social movements to transform or maintain "traditional" positions of women and men.  Prerequisite:  100-level Sociology course.

SOCIOL 384 (#58244) – Sociology of Love
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  1:25-2:15 p.m.
Barbara Tomaskovic-Dewey

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
#1 (#56164) Tuesday, Thursday   8:00-9:15 p.m., TBA
#2 (#57753) Monday, Wednesday  8:30-9:45 a.m., Amy Schalet

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.  Prerequisite:  100-level Sociology course.  (Gen.Ed. SB, U)

SOCIOL 795G (#58501) – Comparative Welfare Policy
Thursday  9:30-12:00 p.m.
Joya Misra

The welfare state is a central site for analyses of citizenship, inequality and politics. Indeed, research on welfare states is a key lens through which to examine major theoretical questions around politics and inequality. In this course, you will be introduced to a number of enduring debates in the study of welfare states. What factors support the development and expansion of the welfare state? Do welfare states mediate or institutionalize inequalities of class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, etc.? How do welfare states vary across countries or regions? How do they change over time? What factors support the restructuring or retrenchment of the welfare state? Are welfare states still relevant in an increasingly globalized world?


Spanish and Portuguese 416 Herter Hall      545-2887

SPANISH 497LA (#52237) – Latin American Women Writers
Tuesday, Thursday  11:15-12:30 p.m.
Margara Russotto

See department for description.

Stockbridge School of Agriculture 121 Stockbridge Hall      545-2222

STOCKSCH 297W (#54678) – Herbal Approaches to Women’s Health
Tuesday  4:00-6:00 p.m.
Brittany Nickerson

Use of medicinal herbs and foods for health and well being through all stages of a woman's life. Introduction to basic medicine making, anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system.