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Courses - Spring 2020
WMST
Women's Studies Department Site
Both WMST 200 and 250 serve as introductory courses for WMST and may be required before taking some advanced courses with a WMST prefix.
WMST200
Introduction to Women's Studies: Women and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
An interdisciplinary study of the status, roles, and experiences of women in society. Sources from a variety of fields such as literature, psychology, history, and anthropology, focusing on the writings of women.
WMST211
Women in America Since 1880
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with HIST211.
Credit only granted for: HIST211 or WMST211.
An examination of women's changing roles in working class and middle class families, the effects of industrialization on women's economic activities and status, and women's involvement in political and social struggles, including those for women's rights, birth control, and civil rights.
WMST250
Introduction to Women's Studies: Women, Art and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
An examination of women's creative powers as expressed in selected examples of music, film, art, drama, poetry, fiction, and other literature. Explores women's creativity in relation to families, religion, education, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and within a cultural tradition shaped by women.
WMST255
Reading Women Writing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with ENGL250.
Credit only granted for: ENGL250 or WMST255.
Explores literary and cultural expressions by women and their receptions within a range of historical periods and genres. Topics such as what does a woman need in order to write, what role does gender play in the production, consumption, and interpretation of texts, and to what extent do women comprise a distinct literary subculture. Interpretation of texts will be guided by feminist and gender theory, ways of reading that have emerged as important to literary studies over the last four decades.
WMST265
Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Cross-listed with: AASP298B.
Investigates the ways that African Americans are represented and constructed in public and private spheres and explores the social constructions and representations of Black manhood and womanhood from various disciplinary perspectives.
Cross-listed with AASP298B. Credit granted for WMST265 or AASP298B.
WMST275
World Literature by Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with CMLT275.
Credit only granted for: WMST275 or CMLT275.
Comparative study of selected works by women writers of several countries, exploring points of intersection and divergence in women's literary representations.
WMST298D
Women's Bodies in Contention
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
WMST314
Black Women in United States History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher.
Cross-listed with AASP313.
Credit only granted for: AASP313 or WMST314.
Black American women's history from slavery to the present. Focused on gaining a fuller understanding of the effect of race, class and gender on the life cycles and multiple roles of Black women as mothers, daughters, wives, workers and social-change agents.
For Spring 2020: Crosslisted with AASP313 and HIST329E; credit will only be granted for AASP313, WMST314, or HIST329E.
WMST325
The Sociology of Gender
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOCY courses.
Cross-listed with SOCY325.
Credit only granted for: SOCY325 or WMST325.
Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.
WMST336
Psychology of Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Cross-listed with PSYC336. Credit only granted for: PSYC336 or WMST336.
A study of the biology, life span development, socialization, personality, mental health, and special issues of women.
Restricted to WMST or PSYC undergraduate students only.
WMST350
(Perm Req)
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department.
General application of feminist methodology to teaching and communication skills, teaching strategies, motivation, classroom dynamics and knowledge of students' development and learning styles.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST360
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An interdisciplinary analysis of the lives and experiences of women across the Caribbean region, through an examination of their roles in individual, national, social and cultural formations. Special emphasis on contemporary women's issues and organizations.
WMST379A
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women's Studies; Honors Thesis Writing I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
By Permission Only.
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WMST379B
(Perm Req)
Topics in Women's Studies; Honors Thesis Writing II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Must have Learning Proposal approved by Women's Studies Academic Advisor; and junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST400
Theories of Feminism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 1 course in WMST; or must have completed a course cross-listed with a WMST course.
A study of the multiplicity of feminist theories which have been developed to explain women's position in the family, the workplace, and society. Major feminist writings are considered in the context of their historical moment and in the context of the intellectual traditions to which they relate.
WMST428F
Topics in Women's Studies; Magical Black Femmes: Constructing Black Femininities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Queer "femme" identity has its roots in 1940s and 1950s bar culture; however the term continues to have current resonance. Often juxtaposed with butch, femme is loosely defined as a queer feminine gender presentation. This course will use cultural studies and arts and humanities approaches in order to grapple with the messy magic of black femme identity as a radical critique of sexuality, whiteness, gender and intersecting categories of oppression. The messiness of "femme" is revealed when each of those terms in put into question. Who or what constitutes queer? How does one present feminine; is that merely an aesthetic choice? What constitutes feminine? Does one have to be a woman to be feminine? For black femmes, whose femininity has been circumscribed and defined not only against butchness but also against white femininity, claiming "femme" can be a means to turn that "messiness" into "magic."
WMST428J
Topics in Women's Studies; Black Feminist Science Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
We will examine the ways in which scientific knowledge has historically been shaped by cultural ideas of race and gender and how black feminist approaches to science offer alternative modes of knowledge production. We will explore the history of scientific racism, eugenics, the Black Women's Health Imperative, the search for African roots using direct- to-consumer genealogy testing, and contemporary case studies on gendered and racialized medicine in the fields of genomics, pharmacology, assisted reproduction.
WMST452
Women in the Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DVUP
Cross-listed with JOUR452.
Credit only granted for: JOUR452 or WMST452.
Participation and portrayal of women in the mass media from colonial to contemporary times.
WMST455
Women in Medieval Culture and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST495.
Credit only granted for: HIST495 or WMST455.
Medieval women's identity and cultural roles: the condition, rank and rights of medieval women; their access to power; a study of women's writings and the constraints of social constructs upon the female authorial voice; and contemporary assumptions about women.
WMST471
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Restriction: Must be in a major within ARHU-Women's Studies department; or must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Cross-listed with HLTH471.
Credit only granted for: HLTH471 or WMST471.
The women's health movement from the perspective of consumerism and feminism. The physician-patient relationship in the gynecological and other medical settings. The gynecological exam, gynecological problems, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, breast and cervical cancer and surgical procedures. Psychological aspects of gynecological concerns.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department; or must be in a major within ARHU-Women's Studies department. Cross-listed with HLTH471. Credit granted for HLTH471 or WMST471.
WMST488X
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar; Feminist Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Why can't we all just get along? This seminar will offer an opportunity to delve into the history, and the present, of conflict and disagreement within feminist movements including the ongoing legacy of the 1980s clashes over porn and BDSM known as the sex wars, women of color and trans critiques of white cis feminist exclusion, and responses to abuse within social justice movements. Rather than seeing conflict as a failure to achieve goals of unity and progress, we will take feminisms fractures a nd disputes as opportunities to study how power and difference operate in struggles for social transformation. We will also ask what it might mean for conflict itself to be feminist. How can we apply feminist principles of justice and care in the most fraught situations, without eliding the structural issues that lead conflicts to develop?
WMST499
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
WMST602
(Perm Req)
Approaches to Women's Studies II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: WMST400; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Continued examination of intersectionality and interdisciplinarity with emphasis on the politics of knowledge production and identity.
WMST618
(Perm Req)
WMST619
(Perm Req)
Women's Studies Teaching Practicum
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
WMST621
(Perm Req)
Feminist Theories and Women's Movements: Genealogies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: WMST400; or permission of ARHU-Women's Studies department.
Examines theories to explain the matrix of domination from the nineteenth century to the present. Students learn the key debates that produceed new insights and shifted the ground of subsequent feminist theorizing within multi-racial feminisms. Examines those debates within global perspectives. Examines how dominant theoretical frameworks have been developed at specific historical moments.
WMST628
(Perm Req)
Women's Studies Colloquium
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
For WMST students only.
WMST699
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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WMST709
(Perm Req)
Directed Independent Reading for Major Field Exam
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: S-F
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WMST799
(Perm Req)
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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WMST898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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WMST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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