Courses in the Curriculum 

WGS 337: Sociology of Gender
First Four Week Session | Matt Ezzell | Online
Second Four Week Session | Matt Ezzell | Online

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

WGS 355: American Women at War
Study Abroad: Normandy Allies: England and France
First Four Week Session | Amelia Underwood | Study Abroad

This study abroad course will examine the contributions and experiences of American military women who have served during World II. With onsite study in both London and Normandy, this course places particular emphasis on the role of military women in the planning and execution of the D-Day invasion and subsequent military actions aimed to liberate Europe during World War II. Students will draw comparisons between the experiences of American women from different racial, ethnic, and regional backgrounds while examining 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. Cross-listed with MSCI 355. View more information here.

WGS 417: Women's Global Health and Human Rights
Second Four Week Session | Mary Ott Walter | Online

An international and human rights approach providing an overview of health issues within the context of a woman`s life cycle. Attention will be given to critical issues of women`s health such as access to health care and gender based violence. Such issues as sexuality, nutrition, diseases affecting women, violence, harmful traditional practices, and sex trafficking will be discussed. Cross-listed with NSG 417 and HTH 417.

WGS 495: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Study Abroad in Ghana: June 10-July 26, 2017
Undergraduate Six Week Session | David Owusu-Ansah | Study Abroad

The 4-week Ghana program includes classroom lectures provided by our Ghanaian faculty partners, an afternoon of volunteer work at local NGOs and programs, and we travel to historic and cultural sites every weekend. All our activities are support by academic readings and our JMU faculty leaders manage the discussions. Often, we also bring in local specialists to lead conversations with students. Our students are accommodated off-campus at a hotel where the staff knows the program and ensures our security and comfort. Join us for this 20th anniversary program! View more information here.

HIST 321: European Women's History
First Four Week Session | 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 women's entrance into the public, political world.

PSYC 310: The Psychology of Women and Gender
Eight Week Session | Kala Melchiori | Online

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. Course meets sociocultural requirement for the psychology major. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and junior status. 

SOCI 336: Race and Ethnicity
Second Four Week Session | Matt Ezzell | 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

HIST 150: Critical Issues in Recent Global History, Topic: Women and Revolution
Second Four Week Session | Jessica Davidson | Online

This course examines issues in recent history as a means to introduce, develop and enhance critical thinking skills and to supplement writing, oral communication, library and computing skills objectives for General Education Cluster One. A seminar format allows for careful examination of issues in both oral and written formats. The course emphasizes the development and articulation of well-reasoned arguments in organized and grammatically acceptable prose. May be used for general education credit. May not be used for major credit.

HUM 200: Great Works, Topic: Girlhood
First Four Week Session | Jennifer Almjeld | Online

This section includes great works of childhood as a basis through which to interrogate modern depictions of girlhood in literature and related texts. Emphasis will be placed on personal performances of girlhood and femininity in a variety of texts. This online course includes intensive examination of great literary works that focus on key issues of knowledge and reality, meaning and purpose, ethics, and aesthetics and explores cultural constructions of girl identities.

SCOM 413: Advanced Topics in Communication Studies, Topic: Critical Sexuality, Culture, and Communication
First Four Week Session | Kathryn Hobson | Online

In-depth exploration and analysis of a communication-related theory, context, topic or problem, culminating in a research project documented in written, oral, visual and/or multimedia presentations. Course content varies based on faculty expertise. Prerequisites: Senior standing and 15 hours of SCOM courses.

SOCI 367: Sociology of Sexuality
Second Four Week Session | Bethany Bryson | Online

This course examines sociological theory and research on sexual behaviors, identities, cultures and social movements, investigating how sexuality is shaped by society and its social institutions. In addition, the course examines how sociological research on sexuality is conducted, how society shapes the sociological study of sexuality, the unique ethical concerns and methodological challenges in researching sexuality, and the place of sociology in shaping public discourse and social policy on relevant social issues. 

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