Courses in the Curriculum 

WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Jessica Davidson | MWF 11:15am-12:05pm
Section 0002 | Mary Thompson | MW 2:30-3:45pm

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: Dress, Fashion, and American Life
Section 0001 | Jennifer Connerley | TuTh 9:30-10:45am

This course will survey the ways in which fashion and dress have shaped and reflected conceptions of gender, consumption, sexuality, religion, status, and the body in American society. Beginning with the early republic, students will examine clothing and style throughout U.S. history.

WGS 341: Gender and Justice
Section 0001 | Sue Spivey | Tu 2:00-4:30pm

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.

WGS 355: American Women at War
Section 0001 | Amelia Underwood | Mo 5:40-7:40pm

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.

WGS 368: Women's Literature
Section 0001 | AJ Morey | TuTh 9:30-10:45am

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

HIST 327: Technology in America
Section 0001 | Kevin Borg | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

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. 

Courses that will Receive Substitute Credit

ANTH 376: Anthropology of Reproduction
Section 0001 | Becca Howes-Mischel | MW 2:30-3:45pm

This course provides a critical and cross-cultural perspective on human reproduction—analyzing how cultural negotiations over biological processes place reproduction at the center of social theory and social action. Examining how complicated private decisions become public concerns, we will explore 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.

ARTH 419: Topics in African Art
Topic: Women, Art and Gender in Africa
Section 0001 | Aderonke Adesanya | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

Topics in African art will deal with the current thematic or methodological issues such as contemporary African arts and artists, arts of the African Diaspora, a particular media (such as architecture or the textile arts), portraiture and identity, the royal arts of Africa, African film and performance, or gender in the arts of Africa. Cross-listed with ARTH 519.

ENG 222: Genre(s)
Topic: Women's Literature
Section 0002 | Mary Thompson | MWF 11:15am-12:05pm

An examination of representative works in a literary genre, in a set of related literary subgenres, or in both a literary genre and one or more closely connected genres in other humanities disciplines. May be used for general education credit. 

ENG 330: 19th Century British Novel
Topic: Narrating Women
Section 0001 | Heidi Pennington | MW 2:30-3:45pm

This course takes as its main focus nineteenth-century novels that feature fictional women telling their own stories and novels that tell the stories of women in formally significant ways. By studying how gender, genre, and narrative structure intersect and mutually influence one another, students will gain a more complex understanding of the active debates over femininity and masculinity (and private vs. public life more broadly) that characterized the Victorian period. Students will also become more attentive and careful readers of literary form, able to identify and reconsider how cultural assumptions about gender, sexuality, and class often lie latent in the structures of the stories they encounter. We will read novels by Austen, Brontë, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy.

ENG 410: Advanced Studies in Author
Topic: Virginia Woolf
Section 0002 | Sian White | MWF 11:15am-12:05pm

This course looks closely at the work and life of Virginia Woolf, one of the best-known and most often-cited authors of the twentieth-century. Associated at times with great sociability while at others with deep depression and mental disturbance, Woolf spent time engaged both in literary circles in London and in quiet time spent living in the country with her husband, Leonard Woolf, in the south of England. She has been called elitist, as if able to voice the concerns only of a certain class, and yet her best-known feminist writings speak directly to the challenge of economic limitation and hardship. Though her work must be read in terms of material circumstances, equally important are her aesthetic ambitions that were influential to and influenced by the broader conversations taking place in her smallest circle of personal associations, known as the Bloomsbury Group. As a prolific letter-writer and diary-keeper, Woolf has provided a credible view into her personal and even psychological state, thereby making available to the public the most private elements of the self. In this course we will read selected essays and novels by Woolf together with secondary readings that illuminate the biographical and historical context of those works; our methodological approach will be informed most heavily by feminist theory and criticism, while remaining ever-mindful of the effect of formal experimentation on the views and voices presented. Students will emerge from this class with a greater understanding of Virginia Woolf and her work, of contexts such as modernism, feminism and materialism, and of critical tools such as close reading a text, approaching a work in broader biographical, social and even philosophical contexts, incorporating critical scholarly voices into their own persuasive writing, and using digital tools to conceptualize and contextualize Woolf in time and space.

ENG 432: Advanced Studies in African Literature
Topic: Gender and Sexuality in the African Novel
Section 0001 | Brillian Muhonja | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

A study of selected works by African writers, focused by theme, geography, or genre.

HON 300: Advanced Special Topics in Honors
Topic: Girlhoods, Identities, and Popular Culture 
Section 0004 | Sharon Mazzarella | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

This class explores how both corporate and girl-produced popular culture artifacts contribute to differing cultural constructions of girlhoods. Examining a variety of U.S. popular culture texts--cartoons, reality television, young adult literature/film, toys, and more--we will first analyze how corporate media represents girls. In contrast, we also will examine alternative constructions of girlhoods as we look at cultural artifacts created by girls themselves--films, internet content, and more. The purpose of this course is to enhance a critical understanding of how the mainstream popular culture industries work to construct one narrow, idealized girlhood but also how girls themselves are working to debunk the myth that there is only one acceptable way of being a U.S. girl today. Open to Honors students only.

MSCI 360: Gender and Leadership
Section 0001 | Amelia Underwood and Bridget Seymour | Th 5:00-7:45pm

Gender and Leadership is a 3 credit course which examines the unique challenges, constraints, and opportunities that face women and men today as they ascend to leadership positions in organizations. Topics include: theory and practice of gender and leadership, leadership styles of men and women, political and legal issues in the workplace, media representation, work/life/balance issues, strategies to facilitate equity, and personal leadership philosophy development. Students will draw upon personal/professional experience and course reflection to develop their own leadership philosophy. This course is experiential and will require students to reflect on past and present challenges, as well as future opportunities as they develop their own personal leadership style.

SOCI 354: Social Inequality
Section 0001 | Bethany Bryson | Online

This course covers the systems of stratification and inequality in the United States including race, class, gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality. Discussion will center on their role in providing rationales for oppression and discrimination in society and their relationship to the distribution of power and ideological control.

 

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