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WMST Course Offerings


Summer 2014 Course Offerings

Courses in the Curriculum

WMST 200: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Second Four Weeks | Dawn Goode | M-Th, 10:00am-12:45pm

This course is a 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 throughout history. Provides a foundation for subsequent work in the Women's and Gender Studies minor.

WMST 301E: Women's Health Issues 
First Four Weeks | Mary Ott Walter | Online

This course will take an international and human rights approach to provide an overview of health issues within the context of a woman's life cycle - childhood, adolescence, reproductive years, and aging. We will pay special consideration to the sociocultural and economic factors that play a role in the woman's access to quality basic health care. Attention will be given to critical issues of women's health such as access to health care, body image and gender based violence. Such issues as maternal mortality, sexuality, violence, harmful traditional practices, and sex trafficking will be discussed.

WMST 337: Sociology of Gender
First Four Weeks | Matt Ezzell | Online
Second Four Weeks | Bethany Bryson | Online

Examination of theories of sex role development, the roles of men and women in society and gender as a social construction.

WMST 368: Women's Literature
First Four Weeks | Mary Thompson | Online

A study of literature by women.

WMST 495: Special Topics in WMST
UG 6 Week | David Owusu-Ansah | Study Abroad in Ghana

In-depth examination of selected topics of current importance to the field of women's studies. 

ANTH 370: Topics in the Anthropology of Gender
First Four Weeks | Laura Lewis | Online

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 321: European Women's History
First Four Weeks | Jessica Davidson | Online

A survey of women's history from the Enlightenment to the Modern Era. Attention will focus on women in England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain as well as the former Soviet Union. The course traces the birth of modern feminism in the European context and explores gender expectations, paying particular attention to the women's entrance into the public, political world.

Fall 2014 Course Offerings

Courses in the Curriculum

WMST 200: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
TuTh, 2:00-3:15pm | Brillian Muhonja

This course is a 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 throughout history. Provides a foundation for subsequent work in the Women's and Gender Studies minor.

WMST 325: Gender and Violence
W, 2:30-5:00pm | Dawn Goode

This course explores the public nature of private violence, specifically violence committed against women in U.S. culture. Students will investigate the social, political and personal meaning of violence within a gendered context. Throughout the course students will analyze the ways in which demographic, social, cultural, economic and political factors teach us to think about women in violent terms as well as help perpetuate violence against women. Students will consider violence not only in its physical dimension, but also in its symbolic and structural manifestations. Students will also examine the ways in which ideas about race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality affect the degree and types of violence committee against women.

WMST 337: Sociology of Gender
Online | Bethany Bryson

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 341: Gender and Justice
Tu, 2:00-4:30 | Sue Spivey

This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the causes, structure and consequences of gender oppression. Consistent with the social justice track of the major, notions of fairness, justice and equality with respect to gendered social, political and economic relations will be examined. Cross-listed with JUST 341.

WMST 368: Women's Literature
TuTh, 9:30-10:45am | Ann-Janine Morey

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

WMST/ISAT 485: Gender Issues in Science
TuTh, 2:00-3:15pm | Louise Temple-Rosebrook

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. 

WMST 495/ENG 412: Special Topics in Women's Studies
Topic: Contemporary American Women's Poetry
W, 2:30-5:00pm | Hilary Holladay

In-depth examination of selected topics of current importance to the field of women's studies. May be repeated for credit when course content changes.

ENG 327: The Gothic
Topic: The Female Gothic Novel
MW, 2:30-3:45pm | Katey Castellano

This course examines how women writers use the Gothic novel to contest the aestheticization of sexual violence and question the nature of reality as it is posed in the masculine world of science. Our readings of primary texts will be supplemented by feminist and queer readings of the novels.

HIST 327: Technology in America
MW, 2:30-3:45pm | Kevin Borg

A historical survey of the complex and changing relationship between technology and American society from Native American canoes to the Internet. Attention is given to technology's role in relations of power, in the home, on the farm, in the workplace and on the battlefield.

PSYC 310: Psychology of Women and Gender
TuTh, 12:30-1:45pm | Arnie Kahn

An examination of research and theory regarding the abilities and behaviors of women and the changing roles of women. Consideration is given to biological, developmental and societal determinants of sex and gender.

Courses that will Receive Substitute Credit

ENG 302: Special Topics in Literature and Language: Women, Nation, Violence
MWF, 12:20-1:10pm | Debali Mookerjea-Leonard

Course description coming soon.

MSCI 350: American Women at War
M, 5:00-7:30pm | Amelia Underwood

This course will examine the contributions and experiences of American women who have served in times of war to include the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, World War I and II, Koren, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and the present day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

POSC 371: Topics in Comparative Politics: Women and Politics in Comparative Perspective
MW, 4:15-5:30pm | Kristin Wylie

A study of the causes and consequences of women's political marginalization in the United States and abroad. The course examines socioeconomic and political dimensions of gender inequality, exploring how women have worked through social movements, electoral politics, and public policy initiatives to overcome obstacles to their political empowerment.



A survey of women's history from the Elightenment to the Modern Era.  Attention will focus on women in England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain as well as the former Soviet Union.  The course traces the birth of modern feminism in the European context and explores gender expectations, paying particular attention to women's entrance into the public, political world