Courses in the Curriculum 

WMST 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | 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.

WMST 300: Special Topics: Women, Power and Religion
Section 0001 | Jennifer Connerley | TuTh 3:30-4:45pm

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 2014. 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 In this course, historical documents, scholarly reflections, artwork, advertisements, film, and other materials will be used as sources to explore these relationships. Meets with / equivalent to REL 300.

WMST 300: Special Topics: Visions and Revisions: Women in Italian Society
Section 0001 | Elena Guolo | TuTh 11:00am-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 348: Communication and Gender
Section 0001 | Christy Sims | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

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 420: Feminist Rhetoric
Section 0001 | Jennifer Almjeld | MW 4:00-5:15pm

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. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Cross-listed with SCOM 420 and WRTC 420.

WMST 492: ShoutOut! JMU Feminist Blog
Section 0001 | Janell Bauer & Alison Bodkin | TBA

The mission of ShoutOut! JMU is to provide the JMU with 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.

HIST 320: Women in United States History
Section 0001 | Emily Westkaemper | MWF 12:20-1:10pm

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 449: Women and Facism 
Section 0001 | Jessica Davidson | TuTh 9:30-10:45am

This course offers a comparative understanding of fascism and women with a focus on Europe, including Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Francoist Spain. We will also discuss fascist movements and right-wing women in other European countries and in Latin America. The course will uncover the origins of fascism and the rise of the fascist party and the women’s branch.Prerequisite: HIST 395 or permission of instructor.

HIST 466: The Family, 1700-1815
Section 0001 | Michael Galgano | TuTh 5:00-6:15pm

An examination of the bibliography, methods and substance of family history in Europe and America. Emphasis will be on sources, structure, patterns of change and continuity and stages of family life to the Industrial Revolution. Prerequisite: HIST 395 or permission of instructor.

PSYC 310: Psychology of Women and Gender
Section 0001 | Arnie Kahn | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

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. Prerequisite: GPSYC 101 and junior status.

SOCI 336: Race and Ethnicity
Section 0001 | David Trouille | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

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

ENG 410: Advanced Studies in Author: Virginia Woolf
Section 0002 | Sian White | MW 2:30-3:45pm

Study of the works of English author Virginia Woolf.

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