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WMST Course Offerings

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. 

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.