2005 - 2006 Gender Studies Courses

GNDR

100

Introduction to Gender Studies

(4)

Establishes a conceptual foundation for the GNDR minor by providing students with a broad-based understanding and analysis of gender and gender studies. Addresses issues relating to race, sexual orientation, class, multiculturalism, and men's and women's studies. (This class is a strongly suggested prerequisite for all other GNDR courses.)

 

GNDR

245

Human Sexuality

(4)

Students explore issues of maleness and femaleness. Emphasis is placed on identifying and evaluating value systems relating to sexuality. The impact of cultural definitions on individual behavior is also examined. Attention is directed toward societal ramifications of shifting roles with the intention of evaluating new alternatives open to men and women. A final emphasis is placed on understanding sexual functioning and different means of sexual expression. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR

300

Special Topics

(2-4)

Presents a number of special topics allowing students to explore a wide range of issues relevant to gender studies. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100. See list below for sample courses.

 

GNDR

335

Psychology of Women

(4)

An overview of major theories of women's development, applications of feminist theory, gender-related research, and women's health issues across the life span. Psychological issues important to women during childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age, such as gender role acquisition, pay inequities in the work force, adjustment to menopause, and violence against women, are discussed. Focus is given to research on women in relation to diverse socioeconomic classes, ethnic backgrounds and culture. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 or SOC 105. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR

350

Gender in Society

(4)

Examines the socio-cultural construction of gender in the United States with some cross-cultural comparisons. It makes generalizations about the different experiences of women and men in this society. It also looks at class, religious, and ethnic differences within the two genders. They are then compared with those from other societies and how they are related to the wider culture. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR

400

Senior Project/Thesis

(3)

Serves as the capstone course for the GNDR minor. Students undertake self-directed project or thesis that integrates concepts learned in gender studies courses with those learned in the student's major area of study. Project completed with a supervisory committee of two (at least one must be a gender studies faculty member). Prerequisite: completion of 20 hours of GNDR courses including GNDR 100.

Note: Students whose major requires a senior project or thesis will not be expected to complete a second project or thesis. One thesis or project can count for both a major requirement and a gender studies requirement if students (1) select topics relevant to both gender studies and their majors and (2) work with a faculty advisor who teaches gender studies courses.


Sample GNDR 300 Courses

Courses offered as GNDR 300 will vary from year to year. The following is a list of sample courses that indicate the kinds of courses that may be offered as GNDR 300.

GNDR/ART

300

Women in European and American Art History

(2-3)

Although they were written out of the canon in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, female artists have contributed significantly to various schools and art movements through their work, their personal relationships and the students they influenced. Recent scholarship has revealed the lives, times, and works of women in arts, and has questioned the methods by which great art is measured, creating a significantly wider range of study for the student of art history than can be covered in the traditional course of study. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR/ENGL

300

Introduction to Great Women Writers

(2-3)

Explores some of the difficulties encountered by women who write fiction, and helps students develop an awareness of how women in fiction reflect women's roles in the middle-class, past and present. The course explores aspects of feminist criticism and gives students of serious literature insights that differ from traditional views. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR/ENGL

300

Medieval Women Writers

(2)

Explores the literature by and about female authors of the Middle Ages. Students read a variety of texts in translation by medieval women-women who lived in various parts of Western Europe, but nevertheless documented similar experiences. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR/HIST

300

American Women's History

(3)

An overview of the economic, social, and political roles women have played in American history, from the colonial period to today. Investigates women's work in the household and market economies, women and the family, and women's legal and civil rights and liabilities across time. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR/MATH/PHIL

300

The Forgotten Women of Math and Philosophy

(3)

Introduces students to the writing, work, and importance of some women in mathematics, science, and philosophy, from ancient Greeks through more recent times. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR/NURS

300

Complementary Health for Men and Women

(2)

Explores health promotion and wellness for men and women in the context of holism and complementary alternative health care strategies. This course describes the use of complementary medicine and healing strategies to accomplish physical-mental-spiritual health and wellness for men and women. Traditional Chinese medicine, Chi-Kong, energy healing, meditation, herbal remedies, spiritual approaches, nutrition and other complementary modalities will be introduced and practiced. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR/PHIL

300

Feminist Issues in Ethics

(3)

Examines the basic concerns and theories of feminist ethics within the context of traditional masculine-oriented western ethical theory. May include a study of the conceptual and moral relationship between feminist ethics and issues such as justice, social policy, or the parallel development of recently proposed environmental ethical theories. May also focus on ethical issues raised by new sciences and technologies, and historical accounts of women's ethical/moral values. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100 and/or PHIL 100.

 

GNDR/PHIL/REL

300

Jewish and Christian Feminist Theology

(3)

Examines recent Jewish and Christian feminists; critical analyses of traditional models for understanding the relationship of God and "man"/humans. Includes an evaluation of the role that newly constructed Jewish and Christian feminist theologies may play in the development of a truly pluralist conception of religious truth as the way to salvation. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR/PHIL/ANTH

300

Feminist Epistemology

(3)

Examines feminist critiques of knowledge and knowledge seeking. Focusing on critiques of traditional notions of objectivity, the scientific method, and the nature of knowledge, students explore how and why aspects of race, sex, and ethnicity are relevant to knowledge seeking. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR/PSYC

300

Mothers and Sons: A Developmental Perspective

(4)

Looks at the developmental significance of the mother-son relationship. From the assigned readings, features speakers and films, selected novel, and classroom discussion, students will explore the mother-son relationship (and vice-versa) throughout the lifespan. Suggested prerequisite: GNDR 100.

 

GNDR/ENGL

300

Queer Theory

(4)

Explores the field of queer theory, which has only been in existence since 1990. It is perhaps the most politicized of current cultural theories because of its implications for daily life: homophobia continues to be a very real problem in our society. Through readings of 19th and 20th century texts and films, we will trace changes in attitudes toward various forms of sexuality, focusing on how subjects constitute themselves as sexual beings.