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Women's and Gender Studies Course Offerings

Spring 2016 Course Offerings

Courses in the Curriculum 

WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm
Section 0002 | Dawn Goode | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

Cross disciplinary introduction to theories and scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies. Examines the social construction of gender, how gender affects access to opportunity, and the experiences and contributions of women. Provides a foundation for subsequent work in the Women’s and Gender Studies minor.

WGS 300: Special Topics: Feminist Ethics
Section 0001 | Pia Antolic-Piper | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

Since its beginnings in the 1970s, feminist ethics has been among the most advanced fields within feminist philosophy. In general, feminist ethics addresses issues in ethical practice – roughly, lived challenges and experiences of women as they occur within different contexts like the home, the public sphere or the workplace such as such oppression, sexism, inequality, or sexual assault.  In addition to reflecting on ethical practice, feminist ethics also deals with the approaches, themes, and theories that characterize traditional ethical theory and their shortcomings in the form of male bias, or misogyny. The goal of this course is to explore questions about feminism in ethical theory and practice such as What could a feminist ethics look like?, Does traditional ethics speak to the experience of all human beings regardless of gender or race?, or Is there such a thing as a distinctively feminine ethical experience  or sensibility like ‘care’? In addition to these questions, this course will also address recent feminist analysis and criticism of the domination and oppression governing women’s current social reality, including sexual violence, the ethics and politics of family and work, and global justice.. Meets with / equivalent to PHIL 390.

WGS 302: Third Wave Ecofeminism
Section 0001 | Alison Bodkin | TuTh 9:30-10:45pm

This course explores the association between women and nature that exists in ecofeminist rhetorics--from the image of Mother Earth, to the critiques of our culture shown in the exploitation of women and of the earth itself. Religious, historical and scientific rhetorics of ecofeminism will be examined, along with alternative models of power and responsibility. Cross-listed with SCOM 302.

WGS 368: Women’s Literature: Women and the Kunstlerroman
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

This course explores women’s literature through a focus on the Kunstlerroman or artist’s novel. By comparing these texts to the traditional Bildungsroman and drawing on relevant feminist literary criticism, we will identify the characteristics of “women’s art,” its suppression and expression, and its relationship to the unique experiences of women within patriarchal societies. We will also examine the politics of canon formation and consider the construction of women’s identities across issues of race/ethnicity, immigration, social class, sexuality, and place. Cross-listed with ENG 368.

WGS 420: Feminist Rhetorics
Section 0001 | Alison Bodkin | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

Surveys key women figures in classical and contemporary rhetorical traditions and challenges the strategies used to historicize this tradition from feminist perspectives. Explores diverse feminist rhetorical discourses informed by race, sexual orientation, ethnicity and social class. Cross-listed with SCOM 420 and WRTC 420.

WGS 485: Gender Issues in Science
Section 0001 | Louise Temple-Rosebrook & Rhonda Zingraff | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

An interdisciplinary course that looks at the scientific process, science practitioners and science students through the lens of gender analysis. Students read literature, lead discussions, perform experiments and analyze both data and processes to address the effects of educational systems on the preparation and careers of scientists, the influence of politics and culture on scientific inquiry, and the effects of critiques grounded in gender analyses on understanding the scientific process. Cross-listed with ISAT 485.

Courses that will Receive Substitute Credit

ENG 302: Special Topics in Literature and Language
Topic: Mothers, Mothering, and Motherhood in African American Women’s Writing
Section 0004 | Mary Thompson | TuTh 3:30-4:45pm

This course explores motherhood, mothers, and mothering in the slave narrative and in the literary works of contemporary African American women writers. Using black feminist maternal theory (Audre Lorde, Patricia Hill-Collins, Dorothy Roberts, Alice Walker, bell hooks, and others) and the tools of literary analysis, we will explore how authors engage with motherhood as a product of biopower as well as a site for fashioning feminist identities. We will examine the social construction of motherhood and maternal identity across lines of class, culture, and race by drawing from women’s fiction, poetry, memoir, and blog writing. Texts will include: Jacobs, Incidents in the Life (1861); Morrison, Beloved (1987); Jones, Corregidora (1975); Kincaid, The Autobiography of My Mother (1996); Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994); Sapphire, PUSH (1996); Ward, Salvage the Bones (2011); R. Walker, Baby Love (2007); A. Walker, Chicken Chronicles (2011).

WRTC 458: Scientific and Medical Communication
Section 0001 | Michael Klein | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

The theme of the course is representations of the (re)productive body in modern culture. We will examine the medicalization and commodification of pregnancy as a condition necessitating intervention by health professionals. We will also study ways in which technology has contributed to the way women and fetuses have been represented. Finally, we will consider the way the pregnancy has been politicized by participants in debates over the right to choose.