College of Arts and Sciences

Course Information

Fall 2015 Courses

WOST W210: INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S STUDIES AND GENDER STUDIES

01 13968 MW 1:30-2:45 PM KT 239 Mannir, E
07 14223 MW 3:00-4:15 PM KT 239 Mannir, E
03 11433 TR 10:30-11:45 AM KT 239 Staff
05I 11742 Online Rojas, T
06I 14096 Online Pruitt, K

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to women's and gender studies via readings from core discipline areas and presentation of methodological/bibliographical tools for research in women's studies. This course includes an examination of women's historic and contemporary status legally, politically, and economically, as well as women's struggles in identity expression, sexuality, and lifestyle.

WOST W225: GENDER, SEXUALITY, & POPULAR CULTURE

01 13971 MW 4:30-5:45 PM SB 304 Staff
02 12287 TR 9:00-10:15 AM KT 242 Staff
03I 12608 Online Beringer, L

Examination of popular cultural “makings” of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality through typical representation of gender within fiction, theatre, cinema, radio, music, television, journalism, and other secular mass media. Course will include the analysis of developing the international telecommunications “superhighway” and the struggles to secure increased representation of women and of feminist perspectives within existing culture industries. Approved by the College of Arts and Sciences for the Humanities distribution requirement and for General Education Category B6: Humanistic Ways of Knowing.

WOST W240: MANHOOD & MASCULINITY IN TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

03 14222 T 4:30-7:15 PM SB G20 Goksel, I

This course will explore notions of manhood and practices of masculinities in the MENA region. Starting with the premise that gender is socially constructed, the course will seek to understand meanings and definitions associated with masculinities. Because the region is diverse and multi-layered, one of the goals of the course will also be to move beyond notions of a universal masculinity and to look at different kinds of masculinities in the MENA. To do this, students will be invited to step outside of Orientalist representations of Middle Eastern men and view their material conditions through a critical lens. The readings will cover a range of contexts including Turkey, the Arabian Peninsula, and Northern Africa, and will open a window through which men’s struggles, insecurities, and everyday realities as well as their desires, dreams, and relationships with patriarchal culture will be heard. Approved by the College of Arts and Sciences for the Social and Behavioral Sciences distribution requirement and for General Education Category B7: Interdisciplinary Ways of Knowing.

WOST W301: BEYOND THE HAREM: WOMEN IN NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

02 12545 MW 4:30-5:45 PM KT 239 Mannir, E

This course examines gender and sexuality in literature, film, art and historical documents produced by and about North Africans and Middle Easterners. As the cultural and geographic crossroads between these regions, Egypt will be emphasized. Course materials explore representations of the lives and social situations of women in the Arab and Islamic societies from the colonial period to the present. Students will consider the idea of feminism from various cultural and historical perspectives, as well as topics ranging from Orientalism to the recent resurgence of voluntary veiling among the educated elite. Approved by the College of Arts and Sciences for the Cultural Studies (Non-Western Culture) requirement and General Education Capstone.

WOST W301: WOMEN OF THE SECOND WORLD: GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN EASTERN EUROPE AND THE SOVIET UNION

04 12826 TR 12-1:15 PM KT 239 Wooley, D

This course explores the themes of gender, sexuality, and power in the communist and post-communist experiences of women and men living in the “second world,” the Soviet-led Eastern Bloc states. We examine representations of femininity and masculinity in culture, society and politics through autobiographies and written narratives, film and visual media. Using these sources, we explore how the ideological goals of gender emancipations were constructed and lived by women and men behind the Iron Curtain. We will also study the origins of Eastern European feminism during the nationalist era, as well as the post-communist era of globalization and capitalism where we will link local feminisms to the international feminist movement. Approved by the College of Arts and Sciences for the Cultural Studies (Non-Western Culture) requirement and General Education Capstone.

WOST W302: GENDER, VIOLENCE, & POPULAR CULTURE

02 13973 TR 6:00-8:45 PM LA 226 Webb-Sunderhaus, S

This course will explore the construction of gender through violence--and the construction of gendered violence--over the last fifty years of popular culture. One way we will approach this theme is by interrogating the ways in which women in film and television, for example, are all too often positioned as helpless victims who suffer at the hands of an abusive partner, monsters who inflict violence upon others, or sexy “babes” who wreak havoc on deserving recipients. At the same time, however, we will look for cultural spaces that subvert these simplistic representations and will consider how some texts include both subversive and mainstream depictions of masculinity, femininity, and violence. This course will utilize a variety of popular forms, including film, television, music videos, advertisements, and some literary genres that have often been excluded from academic study due to their low level of prestige.

WOST W304: FEMINIST THEORIES

01 13974 TR 1:30-2:45 PM KT 117 Badia, J

This course provides students with an overview of those crucial feminist texts that have given shape to Western feminism and feminist theory as we know them today. Toward that end, we will look at a wide variety of texts, covering both the foundational texts of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries and the more recent writings that have shaped contemporary feminist discourse, focusing largely on writings from the United States. Along the way, we’ll orient our studies along topical lines, looking in-depth at those debates and theoretical terms that have been central to feminist theory, including essentialism, constructionism, epistemology, power, intersectionality, and so on. We will explore not only the themes that cohere the body of writings we call “feminist theory” but also the tensions and conflicts that have made it such a dynamic field of study. As a case study of these tensions and conflicts, we will end the semester by looking more closely at the constellation of women’s reproductive rights, language, law, and power and what feminist theory might teach us about the intersections among these issues.

ANTH E402: GENDER IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE

01 13836 MWF 11:00:11:50 AM KT G29 Borbieva, N

This course considers the meaning and social implications of gender in human society. Cultural definitions of “male” and “female” gender categories as well as associated behavioral and structural differentiation of gender roles will be analyzed using current anthropological concepts and theories.

COM 41000: GENDER ROLES AND COMMUNICATION

01 13304 TR 3:00-4:15 PM NF 147 Dietrich, M

This course is designed to investigate the relationship between gender roles and communication; i.e., how
gender roles are socially constructed, maintained, and enacted. The course also explores gender differences, similarities, and gender issues in personal and
organizational contexts. Prerequisite: COM 11400.

POLS Y324: WOMEN & POLITICS

01 14037 TR 1:30-2:45 PM LA 210 Wralstad-Ulmschneider, G.

Analysis of gender and sexual orientation in contempoary political systems, domestic or foreign, with emphasis on political roles, participation, and public policy. Normative or empirical examination of how political systems affect different genders and the impact of people with different genders or sexual orientations on the system(s).

PSY 34500: PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN

01 13334 MW 1:30-2:45 PM SB G30 Lawton, C

Theories and current research on the psychological nature of women and their roles in society, including topics such as sex differences and similarities, sex-role socialization, sex-role stereotyping, female sexuality, achievement motivation, role conflict, mental health issues, feminist therapy, rape, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, and topics of related interest.