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2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Catalog

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Women's and Gender Studies:

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
WOST-205

Women in Literature

Surveys both women as writers and women as characters in literature; emphasizes the wisdom, experiences and insights of women writers and women in literature; concerned with literature from two or more cultures and comparison of the social and human values reflected in the literature of those cultures.

  • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
WOST-206

Fertility, Reproduction, and Family Planning

Factors that influence reproduction and fertility, i.e., physiological, psychological, social, cultural, and ethical; the methods available for limiting or increasing reproduction; the nature of family planning programs.

Prerequisites
P: Hum Biol 102 or Biology 202.
  • Gen Ed: Human Biology 2
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
WOST-241

Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of gender, the influence of gender on social institutions and structures, and an examination of women's lives across the globe historically and today.

  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 1
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
WOST-272

Women in the Arts

Studies artistic works by women in order to re-value their place in history and development of the arts. May repeat for credit when a different topic is studied.

  • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
  • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
Credits1-4
Field EXP
WOST-299

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Gen Ed: World Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
WOST-324

The Biology of Women

This course will examine the physiology of the adult female body and will address health issues that are unique to or different in women. Emphasis will be placed on the effects of female sex hormones on multiple processes (reproductive, nervous, endocrine, and cardiovascular) in the body.

Prerequisites
P: Hum Biol 102 with at least a C grade or Biology 202 with at least a C grade.
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    WOST-336

    Gender Development Across the Lifespan

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Writing Emphasis

    An interdisciplinary analysis of changes in biological, social, and identity development for males and females throughout the life span.

    Prerequisites
    P: Hum Dev 210 or Soc C D 241. REC: Comm Sci 301.
    • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    WOST-338

    World Literatures

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Writing Emphasis
    • Repeatable

    A study of selected works from world literatures. A variable content course.

    Prerequisites
    P: English 290 or concurrent enrollment, Jr st.
    • Gen Ed: HS2 - Literature, Film, and Culture
    • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Odd Only
    WOST-340

    Gender and Sustainable Livelihoods

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Writing Emphasis

    Explores the relationship between women's and men's social roles and their efforts to maintain secure livelihoods around the world. In particular, the course will consider the role of globalization, regulation and social change in gendered access to labor markets, food security, household responsibilities, working conditions and more.

    Prerequisites
    P: DJS/Wost 241 or Anthro 100
    • Gen Ed: World Culture,Social Sciences 2
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    Even Only
    WOST-348

    Gender and the Law

    The changing legal status of women in relationship to other social forces; major historical landmarks in the development of women's legal rights and current status of such areas as property rights, family law and employment opportunity; legal tools in the struggle for equality.

    Prerequisites
    P: so st.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      WOST-350

      Topics in Women's Studies

      Explores a single theme in Women's Studies scholarship from an interdisciplinary perspective. Variable content.

      • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      WOST-360

      Women and Gender in First Nations Communities

      This course examines the traditional and contemporary status of First Nations women. The course focuses on the fluid definitions and constructions of gender identity before and after Euro-American contact, exploring the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, colonialism, globalization. Decolonization and resistance are primary themes of the course.

      Prerequisites
      REC: FNS 225, FNS 226 or WOST 241
      • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      WOST-370

      History of Sexuality in the U.S.

      • Pre-Requisites
      • General Education
      • Writing Emphasis

      Historical introduction to sexual behaviors and attitudes in the U.S. from the period of colonization to the present. Includes analyses of the impact of economic, racial, gender, political, and technological change on sexual norms and behaviors.

      Prerequisites
      P: DJS/WOST 241 or History 205 or 206
      • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Odd Only
      WOST-372

      Women, Art and Image

      • Pre-Requisites
      • General Education
      • Writing Emphasis

      Examines the impact women have made on art historically as of artists, muses, models, dealers, benefactors and critics with emphasis on images of women in visual culture, deconstructing notions of identify, others and beauty in contemporary society and in the past.

      Prerequisites
      P: jr st; REC: Art 202 or WOST 241
      • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Odd Only
      WOST-375

      Gender and Global Justice

      Debates surrounding global justice challenge us to question our obligations toward people around the world. This includes: the moral status of individuals, states and peoples; theories of human rights; the ethics of the use of force; and global inequality, poverty and distributive justice. This course will use concepts in global justice to explore the way gender norms influence women's and men's ability to access legal rights and political freedoms, to challenge legal norms and to improve social welfare.

      Prerequisites
      P: cse in women's studies.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Fall
        WOST-380

        U.S. Women's History

        In this course our goal is a richer understanding of women's experiences in the past, ranging from pregnancy and single motherhood to women's struggles to win the right to vote. Through lectures, discussions and films we will explore a variety of women's lives, consider the ways studying women changes our historical perspectives and focus on how interpretations of the past influence our understanding of current social issues.

        Prerequisites
        P: none; REC: jr st and one cse in U.S. history, U.S. lit or Women's Studies.
        • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Spring
        Fall
        WOST-401

        Psychology of Women

        The psychology of women examines traditional and feminist approaches to women in psychological theory and research as frameworks for understanding women's development and experience in family, academic, work, and relationship roles. The interacting influences of biology, socialization, and cultural context are considered.

        Prerequisites
        P: Psych 102.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          Even Only
          WOST-437

          Feminist Theory

          This course is an introduction to feminist theories from a variety of disciplinary perspectives; we will examine the development of feminist theories, their practice and contrasting viewpoints.

          Prerequisites
          P: DJS 241.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            Odd Only
            WOST-477

            Women as Creative Agents

            The multiple ways women have exercised their creative capacities and the external and internal factors that support creative work. Examines some of the assumptions about creativity in women by comparing them with the evidence from biographies of creative women in several fields.

            Prerequisites
            P: Soc C D 241 or English 206 or AVD 272 or Arts Mgt 364 or jr st.
              Credits1-12
              Field EXP
              Spring
              Fall
              WOST-497

              Internship

              Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

              Prerequisites
              P: jr st.
              • Course is repeatable for credit.
              Credits1-4
              IND Study
              Spring
              Fall
              WOST-498

              Independent Study

              Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early in the semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

              Prerequisites
              P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
              • Course is repeatable for credit.
              Credits1-6
              Field EXP
              WOST-499

              Travel Course

              • Pre-Requisites
              • General Education
              • Travel Course
              • Repeatable

              Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

              Prerequisites
              P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
              • Gen Ed: World Culture
              • Travel Course
              • Course is repeatable for credit.