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WMST Course Offerings

Spring 2015 Course Offerings

Courses in the Curriculum

WMST 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Alison Bodkin | TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm
Section 0002 | Mary Thompson | MW 3:35-4:50pm

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.

WMST 300: Special Topics: Visions and Revisions: Women in Italian Society
Section 0001 | Elena Guolo | TuTh 11:00-12:15pm

This course is an introduction to Italian women from a socio-cultural point of view and tries to give the key for the reading of the Italian society and culture. It will analyze the role of women in Italy today and how their lives have changes in the last thirty years. The analysis will cover the definition of gender and how gender values are learned, shared and contested; the influence or impact of the Catholic church and culture on Italian women; family law; reproductive rights; the representation of women in the media, especially after Silvio Berlusconi’s media empire; immigrant women in Italy; the increasing violence against women. Meets with / equivalent to FL 447.

WMST 300: Special Topics: Women, Power and Religion in the United States
Section 0002 | Jennifer Connerley | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

This course will survey the ways in which women’s religious lives have shaped their access to and relationship with power in American society. Beginning with the early republic, the ways in which religion has expanded and limited women’s ability to govern their own experiences will be surveyed, paying special attention to the following historical and contemporary issues in five units:

•  Speaking in Public

•  Voting and Legal Rights

•  Women’s Work

•  Women’s Bodies

•  Marriage and Partnership

Women have driven religious adherence in the United States from the earliest period. Examining the ways in which conversations about women’s lives, bodies, and access to power have been shaped by religion—and the ways women have deployed religion to change their lives and the lives of others—can enrich our understanding of women’s history and better enable us to understand the position of women in the United States in 2015. Contemporary conversations about Bibical submission and male headship, marriage equality, and figures like Bristol and Sarah Palin can illuminate the ways in which women navigate power using religion in the twenty-first century. In this course, historical documents, scholarly reflections, artwork, advertisements, film, and other materials will be used as sources to explore these relationships. 

WMST 337: Sociology of Gender
Section 0001 | Matt Ezzell | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

Examination of theories of sex role development, the roles of men and women in society and gender as a social construction. Cross-listed with SOCI 337.

WMST 348: Communication and Gender
Section 0001 | Alison Bodkin | TuTh 3:30-4:45pm

Study of theories and research regarding the influence of gender in various human communication contexts, both public and private. Emphasis on the critical analysis of existing theory and empirical research and the potential competent uses of communication for social change. Prerequisite: Any 100-level GCOM course. Cross-listed with SCOM 348.

WMST 368: Women’s Literature
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | MWF 12:20-1:10pm

A study of literature by women. Cross-listed with ENG 368.

WMST 400: Issues and Research in Women’s Studies
Creating the Campus: Women, Gender, Diversity, and Social Media
Section 0001 | Jennifer Connerley | TuTh 9:30-10:45am

This course will explore the ways in which cultural expectations and social mores on college campuses—including JMU—are constructed and disseminated. The class will examine social media and mass communication—including Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and Facebook, among others—as modes of conversation, inclusion, and marginalization. In addition, we will study campus spaces, classroom interactions, faculty, clothing, and other facets of college life. Theorizing the campus using the tools of Women’s and Gender Studies will not only deepen understanding of our own experiences, but also help us to shape a conversation where a diversity of voices are celebrated.

WMST 400: Issues and Research in Women’s Studies
The Many Lives of Jane Eyre: Adaptations in Literature and Film
Section 0002 | Heidi Pennington | MW 4:00-5:15pm

Since its publication in 1847, there have been a number of adaptations of Charlotte Brontë’s story of the independent-minded governess Jane Eyre. Jane famously “resists all the way” as she lives in and writes her way through a class-conscious, patriarchal world. In this course we’ll ask what it is about this story that makes it so consistently compelling to audiences in different times and places. Which elements reappear (or disappear) in each new imagining of “Jane?” And how do we, as readers, manage to identify a “Jane Eyre” story across different media? Beginning with Brontë’s classic novel, we will examine its reincarnation in several texts of literature and film, including Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, Alena by Rachel Pastan, Rebecca by Hitchcock, and recent adaptations of Jane Eyre for the screen. We’ll examine these texts by paying close attention to narrative form, methods of adaptation, representations of gender, race, and class, and theories of audience response in order to inform our understanding of this story’s persistence and cultural significance. Meets with / equivalent to ENG 414.

WMST 400:Issues and Research in Women's Studies
Art and Gender in Renaissance Italy
Section 0003 | Jessica Stewart | TuTh 9:30-10:45am

This three-credit course explores the role of gender in the art of Renaissance Italy. Topics include traditional and revisionist assessments of women as the subjects of art, from sacred, devotional images of the Virgin Mary to erotic renderings of the goddess Venus. Additional areas of study examine the various functions of art in the domestic setting and our growing knowledge of female artists and patrons of the period. Meets with / equivalent to ARTH 449.

WMST 492: ShoutOut! JMU Weblog Internship
Sections 0001 & 0002 | Alison Bodkin | TBA

The mission of ShoutOut! JMU is to provide the JMU community with accurate and constructive information concerning events, legislation, cultural criticism, and resources for women’s rights and personal health on and off campus; to foster a safe space for members of JMU’s community for interactive, informed and constructive dialogue; as a collective, to advance the cause of women and other marginalized groups by means of these conversations; the goal of this blog is not to convert readers to feminism, but instead to raise consciousness of the diversity of perspectives toward understanding everyday inequities.

ANTH 370: Topics in the Anthropology of Gender
Section 0001 | Clare Terni | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

This course examines the many ways in which gender is constructed and negotiated in different historical and social contexts. Topics will vary with the instructor to include both cultural and biocultural perspectives.

HIST 320: Women in United States History
Section 0001 | Emily Westkaemper | MWF 1:25-2:15pm

A survey of the role of women in the United States from the Colonial period to the present. Attention is given to contributions of the ordinary women, the Women’s Rights movements, the impact of women on reform and political movements, and the changing status of women in society.

HIST 448: Gender in Latin America and the Iberian World*
Section 0201 | Kristen McCleary | MWF 10:10am-12:05pm

This course is designed to introduce students to critical issues, theories and methods of gender history through the study of the history of Latin America and the broader Iberian world. Students will study select peoples and cultures of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula exploring how they lived and understood gender and sexuality during the pre-colonial, colonial and/or modern eras. *This course meets during the second eight week session (3/16/2015-5/7/2015).

SOCI 336: Race and Ethnicity
Section 0001 | Bethany Bryson | Online

This course examines the social construction of race and ethnicity around the world and how they influence social processes, institutions, change and ideology.  The course will include discussions concerning the intersection of race and ethnicity with other aspects of social inequality such as class, gender, sexuality and nationality in contemporary society.

Courses that will Receive Substitute Credit

ANTH 395: Special Topics in Anthropology
Sex and the Social: Cultural Anthropology of Reproduction
Section 0001 | Becca Howes-Mischel | MW 2:30-3:45pm

This course provides you with a critical and cross-cultural perspective on human reproduction.  Examining how complicated private decisions become public concerns, we will discuss how reproduction is shaped by personal and cultural meanings—at the same time that it is embedded in local, national and transnational politics.  In this course, students will explore a range of topics in the anthropology of reproduction including: cross-cultural perspectives on childbearing and childlessness; kinship, relatedness, and belonging; and the globalization of new reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization.  Students also will discuss in particular why reproduction generally has been treated as a women’s concern, and how the role of men and fathers in reproduction might be reconsidered.

ENG 410: Advanced Studies in Author: Virginia Woolf
Section 0003 | Sian White | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

Study of the works of one (or two) British, American, or Anglophone writer(s).

MSCI 350: American Women at War
Section 0001 | Amelia Underwood | M 4:40-6:35pm

This course invites students to engage a series of issues about the role of women in the US military. This course will examine the contributions & experiences of women who served during the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, WW I & II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War(s). Also included in this course is an examination of how women in military service both past and present are an instrument for societal change in America specifically in promoting the cause of women’s rights.

PHIL 330: Moral Theory
Section 0001 | Pia Antolic-Piper | MW 2:30-3:45pm

An examination, at the intermediate level, of both classical and contemporary moral theories. Critical analysis of the normative and meta-ethical issues these theories raise. Prerequisite: PHIL 101 or PHIL 270, or permission of instructor.

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 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 be represented visually. Finally, we will consider the way the pregnancy has been politicized by participants in debates over the right to choose.