College of Arts and Sciences

Course Information

Spring 2016 Courses:

WOST W210: INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

01 23109 MW 3:00-4:15 PM   KT 239 Kearl, M
02 21422 TR 10:30-11:45 AM KT 239 Staff
03 21423 TR   1:30-2:45 PM   KT 239 Staff
04I 21840       Online                        Rojas, T
05I 21788       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 23374 TR 12:00 - 1:15 PM KT 248 Webb-Sunderhaus, Sara
02 22287   R  4:30 - 7:15 PM  KT 241 Staff
03I  24065              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: FOOD AND FEMINISM

01 24066 MW 1:30-2:45 PM KT 242 Mannir, E

What's the last thing you ate? As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Also, how, where and why you ate it. From dinner traditions, to genetically modified foods, organic groceries, urban food deserts, the obesity epidemic, and 'food stars' on reality TV, we navigate a landscape ripe for feminist inquiry and intervention. This course explores how everyday eating habits relate to health and well-being: physical, emotional, local and global. This course includes a service learning component. Approved by the College of Arts and Sciences for the Social and Behavioral Sceinces 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

01 22910 MW 4:30-5:45 PM KT 239 Mannir, E
05 22407 MW 6:00-7:15 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: AGENCY, RESILIENCE, AND POWER: WOMEN IN TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

02 23111 TR 10:30-11:45 AM NF 149 Goksel, I
 
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is a rich mosaic of social and cultural diversity. With rich linguistic, ethnic and religious traditions, the region has captivated the Orientalist imagination for centuries. Much writing and art have been produced to tell stories about the "East." One of the central and defining features of these narratives has been images of the Oriental woman as the repressed and silent Other. In this course, we will look at womanhood in the MENA region by moving beyond the oppressed/liberated binary to explore women's experiences and struggles with patriarchy and/or patriarchies. Through our readings, we will situate women in their local and historical contexts to gain an understanding of the ways in which they create spaces for themselves. Our goal will be to build an understanding of how women in the MENA region subvert patriarchal control and regulation, and how we may articulate women's agency and resilience.  In addition to Turkey, our readings and discussions will cover a range of contexts such as Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Palestine, Tunisia, Oman, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Kuwait. Approved by the College of Arts and Sciences for the Cultural Studies (Non-Western Culture) requirement and General Education Capstone.

WOST W302: 20TH CENTURY NOVELS BY WOMEN IN THE U.S.: NARRATIVES OF TRAUMA AND RECOVERY

01 22911 TR 12:00-1:15 PM LA 134 Badia, J

This course will examine a selection of novels written by women in the U.S. over the course of the 20th Century. To narrow our examination, we will focus on novels that explore issues of trauma and recovery, and we will consider how such novels have shaped and were shaped by discourses about women's bodies, desires, autonomy and power. In addition, we will consider the place of these texts within traditional literary canons by examining their reception histories over time and the gendered politics that have shaped those histories. We will also read a selection of theoretical readings on trauma narratives that will help us unpack the novels more thoroughly, as well as a selection of essays on the recovery of women's literature during the 1970s and 80s and the culture wars of the 1990s. Over the course of the semester, students will develop a deeper understanding of women's contributions to literature, their place in literary history, and the advocacy work of feminist literary scholars and their accomplishments with widening the canon of American literature.

WOST W400: DISCIPLINING WOMEN'S STUDIES

01 23961 TR 4:30-5:45 PM KT 239 Badia, J
 

This capstone course for women’s studies majors an minors will explore the history and state of women’s studies within higher education today through an examination of the major questions that have defined the field. How, for example, do those working in the field of women’s studies regard the issue of disciplinarity, the intersections between women’s studies and gender and sexuality studies, and the role activism should play in academic study? Our exploration of these questions is designed not only to provide you with an overview of the issues governing the history, present education, but also to give you the opportunity to reflect on the work you have done as a women’s studies student at IPFW. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, 12 credits of Women’s Studies course work or department permission.

 

COM 41000: GENDER ROLES AND COMMUNICATION

01I 22006 Online 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.

COM 42200: WOMEN, MEN AND MEDIA

01 23916 MWF 10:00-10:50 AM NF 141 Nasr, A

This course takes a critical approach to analyzing media texts. Throughout the course, we will explore issues of power, agency and politics that mediate representations of gender, gender roles, and social norms and values. The main objective to deconstruct media messages and analyze them from various theoretical standpoints while specifically focusing on gender issues in society.

POLS Y324: WOMEN AND POLITICS

01 23969 TR 1:30-2:45 PM LA 210 Wralstad Ulmschneider, G

This course examines the role of women in American politics. We will explore the evolution of women's participation in politics, from the founding through the suffrage movement to the modern era. We will analyze women's experiences as voters, activists, candidates, and elected and appointed office holders. Finally, the course will address important questions such as: What is the gender gap, and why does it exist? Why are women less likely to run for office? Do women officeholders have different priorities than men? What is the impact of women holding political office?

PSY 34500: PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN

01M 23859 R 1:30-2:45 PM KT 243 DiClementi, J

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.