WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES DEPARTMENTAL COURSES

 

SPRNG 2015 Undergraduate Course Offerings

SPRING 2015 Graduate Course Offerings

SPRING 2015 Affiliated Course Offerings

WMST 231 WOMEN IN PERSPECTIVE (3) An examination of the status of women and women’s attempts to achieve economic, legal and social equality and physical integrity in the past and today with an emphasis on U.S. women. The focus is on both the commonalities and the diversity of women’s experience. Topics covered include marriage, motherhood, education, jobs and sexuality, with attention to race and class.


WMST 232 HONORS WOMEN IN PERSPECTIVE (3) An examination of the status of women and women’s attempts to achieve economic, legal and social equality and physical integrity, in the past and today with an emphasis on U.S. women. The focus is on both the commonalities and the diversity of women’s experience. Topics covered include marriage, motherhood, education, jobs and sexuality, with attention to race and class. Emphasis on student research into and analysis of women’s political, autobiographical and fictional writings. Honors College course.


WMST 233 INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES OF WOMEN (3) Interdisciplinary examination of women’s status and activism worldwide, including regional and local comparisons. Roles of governments and international organizations in shaping women’s experiences.

WMST 234 HONORS INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON WOMEN (3) Interdisciplinary examination of women's status and activism worldwide, including regional and local comparisons. Roles of governments and international organizations in shaping women's experiences. Women's rights and movements to implement them, including grassroots activism.  Emphasis on student research into and analysis of analytic essays, news, reportage, fiction and testimonial writings. Honors College course.


WMST 235 AMERICAN WOMEN AND POPULAR CULTURE
(3) Interdisciplinary examination of representations of women, femininity, and masculinity in contemporary American popular culture, using gender to apply critical analysis to film, literature, television, and music, including the diverse responses of feminist artists and alternative media.


WMST 240 THEMES AND ISSUES IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (3) Study of a theme or current issue from the perspective of women’s studies. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units provided that a different topic is covered each time.


WMST 332 [532] WOMEN’S CULTURE AND CREATIVITY (3) Study of the historical conditions influencing women’s creativity, the nature of women’s aesthetic achievements, and the emergence of new female cultural and artistic traditions. Prerequisite: WMST 231 or WMST 232 or consent of instructor.


WMST 333 WOMEN’S WORDS, WOMEN’S LIVES (3) Practice in and study of expository writing about women. Readings include fiction, biographies, autobiographies, letters and journals; student writing will focus on such topics as women’s roles, relationships and actions. Prerequisites: ENGL 102; one course in women’s and gender studies or one additional English course.


WMST 335 [535] WOMEN, WORK AND FAMILY (3) Women’s work examined historically and cross-culturally from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Women’s work in traditional societies, effects of industrialization on women’s work, and women’s paid and unpaid work in contemporary societies.  Prerequisite: 3 lower-division units in women’s and gender studies or consent of instructor.


WMST 336 [536] WOMEN AND MEDICINE (3) How gender has influenced the structure, content and practice of medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis on disease theory and treatment, physicians’ involvement in social policy and women’s challenges to medical authority. Special focus on the history of nursing, women’s entry into medical practice and women’s health movements past and present. Prerequisite: 3 units in women’s and gender studies or social sciences.


WMST 337 FEMINIST THEORY (3) An examination of the variety of perspectives, theories, debates, and controversies within feminist thought and practice including global activist movements. Prerequisites: 3 units in women’s and gender studies or consent of instructor.


WMST 338 [538] WOMEN AND SEXUALITY (3) Examination of the politics of sexuality: the interaction between cultural definitions and evaluations of women’s sexualities and women’s social and legal states; and women’s attempts to achieve sexual autonomy. Emphasis on how the meaning of sexuality changes over time and how women respond to these changes, and their effect on women. Prerequisites: 3 units in women’s and gender studies or social sciences.

WMST 339 REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND THE FUTURE OF MOTHERHOOD (3) Reproductive science and contraceptive technologies affecting contemporary society, focusing on ethical and legal issues, and changing definitions of motherhood. Prerequisites: two science courses or one math and one science course.


WMST 345 WOMEN, ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH (3) Relationships between economic development, health and the environment from a global perspective with a focus on women's roles in environmental management; how women's activism affects social and public policy agendas.

WMST 350 [550] B-MORE: BALTIMORE AND URBAN COMMUNITIES (3) In this course, we will analyze the several significant political, economic and cultural issues facing Baltimore and other urban communities. The central focus of this course will be on poverty, discrimination, economic development, and the criminal justice system-with special attention paid to gender, race, class, and youth activism.


WMST 370 [570] TOPICS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (3) An interdisciplinary examination of selected issues, themes or topics in women’s studies.  Variation in content in different terms. May be repeated for credit provided a different topic is covered. Prerequisite: one women’s and gender studies course or consent of instructor.

WMST 381 [581] THE EROTIC IMAGINATION IN CHRISTIANITY AND HINDUISM (3) Explores use of sexual imagery to understand the human-divine relationship in Christianity and Hinduism. Critical analysis of the ways that erotic religious traditions both re-inscribe and destablize cultural norms of gender and sexuality. Prerequisite: WMST 231 or RLST 105 or consent of professor.

WMST 382 CHRISTIAN SEXUAL ETHICS (3) An historical overview of major trends in Christian sexual ethics. Exploration of Christian ethical positions on topics including celibacy, marital sexuality, rape, extra-marital sex, prostitution, and homosexuality. Emphasis on feminist analysis.

WMST 481 DIRECTED READINGS FOR HONORS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (3-4) Reading and research in preparation for the writing of an Honors thesis. Prerequisite: consent of the Departmental Honors coordinator.  Special permit only.


WMST 485 SEMINAR IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (3) Advanced study in a specialized area of women’s studies. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.  Prerequisites: WMST 231 or WMST 232 and WMST 337 or equivalent. Special permit only.


WMST 491 [591] DIRECTED READING IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (1-4) Independent reading in women’s studies with emphasis on interdisciplinary relationships. Topics selected by student in consultation with the instructor.  May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisites: 15 units in interdisciplinary or departmental women’s studies courses; minimum 3.00 GPA in women’s studies. Special permit only.


WMST 496 INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (3-6) Field placement for students in agencies or organizations working on projects that serve women. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units. Prerequisites: 3.20 GPA in women’s studies courses; 3.00 overall GPA; WMST 231, 232, 233 or 234,and 21 upper-level units; no “I” grades on transcript; consent of the women’s studies internship coordinator or department chair in advance of term in which student intends to do the internship. Special permit only. Graded S/U.


WMST 499 HONORS THESIS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (3) Thesis preparation in a chosen area of specialization. Prerequisite: consent of the departmental Honors coordinator. Special permit only.

 
 
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