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These courses will be offered in Spring 2007. If you have questions about any of our courses please contact the instructor listed or any Women's Studies Council faculty.

WS 201: Introduction to Women's Studies
An interdisciplinary, historical, and global view of women that appreciates their diversity including class, culture, age, race, and sexual preference. Includes the study of the concept of patriarchy and women's responses to intellectual and social exclusion. May be taken for General Education credit in the Arts and Humanities or in the Social Sciences, but not both.

WS 201-01 Patricia Pedroza TR 9:30-10:50
WS 201-02 Ali Lichtenstein MW 12:00-1:20
WS 201-04 Amy Chapman M 6:30-9:20
WS 201-05 Sara Hottinger TR 3:00-4:20
WS 201-06 Sara Hottinger TR 4:30-5:50
Sample syllabus (.doc)

WS 290-01: Sexuality and Spirituality Patricia Pedroza TR 11:00-12:20
What is a human being? Simple question, complex answers. What does the epistemology of sexuality mean? Why has sexuality been the most polemic category and social construction for men and women in different periods of history and cultures? We will explore these questions.
Prerequisite: WS 201.

WS 290-02: Abortion Elizabeth Pacilio TR 9:30-10:50
This course will examine the constitutional history, various religious perspectives, and social issues informing the status of abortion in the United States. The course will explore the concepts of liberty, privacy, oppression, life, death, and God. Students will come to appreciate why resistance to reproductive choice exists and persists, and will explore the concept of a woman and her fertilized egg as potential legal adversaries. Can one be a feminist and oppose legal access to abortion? Students will be required to reconcile their opinions regarding abortion with the feminist goal of reproductive autonomy .

WS 290-03: Gender Ali Lichtenstein TR 2:00-3:20
This course examines the construction and categories of gender as personal, social, political, economic, sexual, and cultural markers in the U.S. and in cultures throughout the world. It investigates cross-cultural variations of gender and assumptions about gender and sexuality as well as the limitations of binary categorization.

WS 301-01: Feminist Theory Karen Honeycutt TR 1:30-2:50
The study of historical and critical foundations and current principles of feminist theory that can be applied to other disciplines.
Prerequisite: WS 201.

WS 495: Seminar Sara Hottinger and Anne-Marie Mallon WF 12:00-1:20
Exploration of major issues in Women's Studies under the direction of the Women's Studies Program faculty. Seminar content contingent on student interest and faculty expertise.
Prerequisite: WS 301


ESEC 220-01: Women and Education Janaki Tschannerl T 4:30-7:30
An exploration of women's quest for equal educational opportunities as students and teachers. Historical and current issues are analyzed. Biographies, literature, and texts are researched.  

ENG 203-01: Women's Writing Ali Lichtenstein TR 12:00-1:40
Focuses on effective rhetorical strategies for communicating women's experiences, opinions, and knowledge, as well as personal, political, and feminist issues.
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 290-02: Women's Roles, Women's Voices Ann Marie Mallon TR 10:00-11:40
We will read fiction, poetry and drama by women about women in their many roles, assigned and chosen. The texts will be multicultural, mostly modern, always challenging as we examine women's roles from multiple perspectives.

FILM 352-01: Int'l Women Filmmakers Teresa Podlesney T 2:00-5:40
Women have been making movies from the beginning of film history. Some, like Alice Guy Blaché, worked in the industry, while others, like Germaine Dulac, worked at more personal, artistic expression. This course presents an international overview of films directed by women from the 1940s to the present, including films by Maya Deren, Ida Lupino, Ulrike Ottinger, Agnes Varda, Su Friedrich, Mira Nair, Maria Novaro, Clara Law, Kathryn Bigelow, Marzieh Meshkini, Pratibha Parmar, Chantal Akerman, Monika Treut and others. We will look at narrative fiction films, documentaries, experimental films, and at films that defy the separation of these categories. Each filmmaker will be situated in the historical context of her country's filmmaking traditions. Attention to the recurrent theme of the quest in these films will allow us to develop a critical understanding of the existence of international women's concerns, and the possibilities and permutations of a women's aesthetic, in an increasingly transnational world.

HIST 269-01: Women in Modern America Julia Sandy-Bailey MW 1:30-2:50 Course describes women from the late 19th century to today. Themes include women and power, gender division of labor, women and family, life cycles. Topics include women in unions, women's suffrage fights, women in world wars and in modern rights movements.

MU 115-01: Women in Music Gladys Johnsen MW 12:00-1:20
Study of women composers, teachers, performers, and patrons. Includes a chronological survey of the issues that influence women's musical contributions. Open to Music majors and non-majors.

SOC-345: Sociology of Families Peggy Walsh TR 9:30-10:50
This course examines various family forms, with primary emphasis on U.S. families. Includes the history and functions of families, theoretical and methodological approaches to studying families, intimate relationships, parenting and socialization of children, and family disruption.
Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission of instructor.