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Women’s and Gender Studies

Courses

  • WMG 1100

    Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

    4cr
    This course will begin by drawing a distinction between biology (the body) and current theories of gender (culture and biology) and identity formation. The course concentrates on Western interpretations of woman and man as cultural symbols using a variety of disciplinary approaches.
    Fall

  • WMG 2210

    Family Violence

    4cr
    This course is an overview of family violence. Particular attention will be given to groups that have been disproportionately affected by family violence, namely women, older adults, and children. Emerging knowledge related to violence in gay and lesbian families, minority families, and special populations will be included.
    Prerequisites: SOC 1000 and PYC 1500
    Spring

  • WMG 2450

    Race, Gender, and Sex in Ancient Greece and Rome (HUM)

    4cr
    A study of how the Greeks and Romans perceived those who lived outside their respective cultures, how they interacted with them, how they treated marginalized elements of their society (women, slaves, foreigners), and how they reacted to physical differences that existed among races. In sum, the course deals with definitions of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and "otherness" in general (using both modern and ancient definitions).

  • WMG 2530

    Racial and Cultural Minorities

    4cr
    Examines the sociological, economic, and psychological nature of the relationships between racial and ethnic groups with differential access to political and economic power. Focus is on the United States, with some discussion of racism, cultural discrimination, and sexism in other parts of the world.
    Prerequisite: SOC 1000 or permission of the instructor
    Fall/Spring

  • WMG 2910

    Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (SOC)

    4cr
    An examination of the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution over time on such topics as freedom of expression and religion, criminal and civil due process, privacy, equal protection, and the nationalization of the Bill of Rights.
    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
    Spring

  • WMG 3020

    Women and the Bible (HUM)

    4cr
    This course is an opportunity to study the situation of women at the time of the biblical writings, to investigate evidence for how women were treated in the earliest Christian churches, and to take seriously the impact that the interpretation of biblical texts has had on women's social roles throughout history and in our own day.

  • WMG 3030

    Women of Africa

    4cr
    The study of the countries in Africa has frequently focused on public events: colonialism, political change, war, government actions, and the formal economy. In recent years, researchers have begun to explore in more depth how women's lives are impacted by these events, and how women in Africa are active participants in the various sectors of their societies.
    This course will look at life in various African countries through the eyes of women and will examine how women of Africa actively engage in and are affected by political, cultural, and economic events both domestically and internationally. Themes will include human rights issues of women, the impact of modernity and tradition on women's lives, images of appropriate female behavior, economic hardship and survival techniques, cultural issues surrounding marriage and motherhood, and women's participation in the public spheres of their countries.

  • WMG 3040

    African Transitions

    4cr
    African countries and peoples have often been examined through the lenses of European and North American cultures. These analyses have sometimes been helpful and other times have resulted in inaccurate portrayals of African life and people. This course uses texts written predominantly by African authors from various parts of the continent to provide African perspectives of transitions that have occurred on the continent. These transitions include the transition from traditional life to colonial rule, the shift to independence, attempts at democratization, adaptations rural Africans make when moving to urban areas, and the clashes between Western and African cultures that continue today. Using themes of governance, community, and reference groups to examine different African cultures, the course incorporates theories and concepts from the disciplines of political science and sociology.

  • WMG 3090

    Literature of Diversity (HUM)

    4cr
    Each offering in this rotating selection of courses explores a single diverse ethnic literature, such as African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American. While content will vary according to the discretion of the instructor, this group of courses is united by a common desire to read a diverse literature according to its own heritage double-voiced as it is further complicated by issues of gender and class. To this end, a course in Native American literature, for example, might begin with a study of the creation myths in the oral tradition, then move to historical, anthropological, autobiographical, and fictional accounts of the Native American experience as the two (often conflicting) voices of Native American and American describe it.

  • WMG 3100

    Literature and Gender (HUM)

    4cr
    In this course the literature chosen for study will reflect issues relevant to considerations of gender. In some instances, works will be chosen in order to explore the idea of how literature portrays what it means to be gendered. In other instances, literature will be chosen in order to explore how writers of one gender portray characters of the opposite gender. In some instances the choice of literature will be based on extending awareness of writers who, because of their gender, have not historically been included within the canon. The historical and social contexts of these works will be an integral part of the conversation within the course.

  • WMG 3110

    Women's and Gender Studies Theory

    4cr
    This is a reading seminar that will investigate the writings of feminist theorists as well as the critical questions raised by feminism pertinent to the academic disciplines. "Sexes (gender), difference between the sexes, man, woman, race, black, white, nature are at the core of [the straight minds'] set of parameters. They have shaped our concepts, our laws, our institutions, our history, and our cultures. To reexamine the parameters on which universal thought is founded requires a reevaluation of all the basic tools of analysis, including dialectics. Not in order to discard it, but to make it more effective" (Monique Wittig). This course will examine the feminist critique of culture as a way of examining our philosophical heritage and as a way of understanding the relationship of culture to academic inquiry.
    Prerequisites: It is recommended that students first take Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, then their elective credits, and then this course. Students may also seek consent of the instructor.

  • WMG 3150

    Women in the Literary and Visual Arts (HUM)

    4cr
    While doing library research on women for her guest lecture at Newnham and Girton colleges in 1928, the disconcerted Virginia Woolf learned that "it was impossible for any woman, past, present, or to come, to have the genius of Shakespeare . . . Cats do not go to heaven. Women cannot write the plays of Shakespeare." This course takes up that famous feminist's concern: WHY have there been no famous women artists? HAVE there been none? This course also investigates women's artistic work alongside those cultural forces that have shaped it. The course begins by establishing the historical context for women's artistic expression. This includes the major events defining the moment in history and the material conditions that characterize it. Also included with each period will be some of those major voices that have achieved canonical status, as well as those women artists, writers, and performers who have been omitted from history.

  • WMG 3155

    Women in the Visual and Performing Arts (HUM)

    4cr
    Have there been any great women artists? Have there been ANY at all? This interdisciplinary Art History Music Womens and Gender Studies course examines artifactual evidence to discover not only those women and their activities that have fallen from historical record, but also to discover just what women have been doing from eight in the morning until eight at night, what historical conditions have shaped their activities, and what roles they have played as art and music makers, patrons, muses, and subjects consider Vinnie Ream Hoxie, our own Madison teenager who sculpted the famous Lincoln statue in the U.S. Capitol!
    Prerequisite: None

  • WMG 3200

    Women and Politics (SOC)

    4cr
    This class is an examination of the political roles and activities of women internationally. Exploring cultural, religious, racial, economic, and social constraints, as well as opportunities for women's involvement in politics, the course will keep in mind theory and practice as well as the problems in specific countries. Attention will be given to how the discipline defines political participation, how various feminists may influence change, and what it means to look for common differences.
    Fall

  • WMG 3350

    Human Rights

    4cr
    This course examines the politics of human rights and the changing nature of sovereignty in the international system. To do this we will explore the major threats to human rights in the contemporary world as well as the cultural and political obstacles to international consensus on human rights norms. Finally, we will attempt to determine the appropriate mechanisms for their implementation.

  • WMG 3450

    Contemporary Issues in Sex and Gender (SOC)

    4cr
    This course is an examination of the interaction of the endocrine system and nervous system and the resultant effect on behavior. Gender and sex-related differences are studied from a biological and an environmental perspective. Cross-listed as NEU 3450.
    Prerequisite: PYC 2100 or consent of instructor

  • WMG 3460

    Psychology of Women and Gender

    4cr
    This course examines the psychology of women and gender from a social constructivist theoretical framework. In addition to gender, the course utilizes intersectional theory to explore the ways that race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability interact and operate at individual, interpersonal, and cultural levels to modify experiences. Finally, the course examines the social and political implications of our cultural understandings of woman, man, and gender.
    Prerequisites: PYC 2200 or WMG 1100

  • WMG 3500

    Global Poverty

    4cr
    While the focus of this course will be theoretical, the class will begin by introducing some general background information on global stratification. It will examine the geography of stratification (i.e., which countries are rich, which countries are poor, etc.). The basic demographics of poverty will also be explored. Particular attention will be paid to infant mortality rates, life expectancy rates, health care quality and access, education, the status of women, and the availability of foreign and domestic assistance. Finally, it will analyze various concepts of poverty, measures of poverty, and different kinds of stratification systems.
    Prerequisite: SOC 1000

  • WMG 3760

    Women in the Arts

    4cr
    WHY have there been no great women artists? HAVE there been none? Prepare to be amazed! This course takes up Nochlin's famous question by examining artifacts from prehistory and surveying evidence of women's roles and creativity in the arts up through the present.

  • WMG 4010

    Senior Seminar

    4cr
    A member of those who teach in Women's and Gender Studies will teach and direct Student Thesis/Projects, with the assistance of others who teach in WMG. The seminar will lead the student toward the completion of the Senior Thesis/Project, the topic of which will be determined by the student and directing professor.

  • WMG 4200

    The Gendering of Leadership

    4cr
    This interdisciplinary course includes experiential learning. The course has three components: first, an overview of gender operations in organizations and human interactions; second, a self-evaluation of the student's personality traits and goals; and lastly, research into strategies for leadership in a variety of institutions and personality types.
    Prerequisite: WMG 3110 or permission of the program director

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