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Gender & Women's Studies Current Semester Offerings

Gender & Women's Studies

Spring 2016


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ENG 360 – Gay and Lesbian Literature, with C. Lewis

Prerequisite(s): ENG 100 and ENG 200 Introduction to gay and lesbian literature from antiquity to present, with emphasis on concepts of sex and gender, critical theory and cultural constructionism in global and historical contexts.

ENG 387 – Studies in Autobiography, with K. Reames

Prerequisite(s): ENG 100, 200 and 300. An examination of the literary components and cultural context of autobiographical works, with particular emphasis on under-represented groups, gender, race, and class.

ENG 497 – Women’s Literature, with K. Reames

Prerequisite(s): ENG 200 and 300. An examination of the themes, aesthetic importance, and historical context of literature by women, with emphasis on American and British writers. Topic will vary by semester.
*Offered face-to-face

FLK 280 – Cultural Diversity in the United States, with C. Antonsen

Understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the multicultural nature of American society. Emphasis on the varieties of cultural expression, custom and world view practiced by regional, ethnic, racial and sectarian cultures

*Offered online

FLK 371 – Urban Folklore, with K. Horigan

Varieties and characteristics of urban American folklore with emphasis on legends, customs, beliefs, and other lore of today's regional, occupational, and ethnic groups.

HIST 446 – American Legal History since 1865, with P. Minter

A survey of the development of American law and its relationship to political, economic, and social trends in modern American society.

RELS 408 – Religion and Ecology, with I. Mukonyora

Prerequisite(s): One course in Religious Studies or permission of instructor. The study of different religious perspectives on ecology.

Science/Social Sciences

FACS 495 – Family & Relationship Violence, with A. West

Prerequisite(s): One course in Human Development or Family Relations. A study of the dynamics underlying interpersonal violence and theoretical perspectives regarding the etiology of violent behavior. Analysis of behaviors indicative of violent relationships and various treatment modalities as they are applied to individuals and families are emphasized.

*Offered face-to-face or online

PH 365 – Human Sexuality, offered with various professors

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations & Explorations courses, or junior status. Examines sociological, physiological, and psychological aspects of human sexuality in relation to family life, courtship, marriage, reproduction, education, and aging. Includes information on sexual assault, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV/AIDS.

*Offered face-to-face or online

PH – Women’s Health, with D. Sharer

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and permission of instructor. An analysis of the major health problems of contemporary women, with a special emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and consumer health concerns

SOCL 355 – Sociology of Gender, with TBA (Elizabethtown)

Prerequisite(s): SOCL 100 or consent of instructor. Examination of the social construction of women's and men's roles in society and of the concepts of masculinity and femininity.

*This is a bi-term course

SOCL 359 – Sexuality & Society, with M. Pruitt

Sociological examination of issues, debates, and research on pornography, prostitution, sexual orientation, and sex and the law.

SOCL 362 – Race, Class, and Gender, offered with various professors

Prerequisite(s): Sociology 100 or consent of instructor. The five primary institutions (family, religion, economy, education government) as they affect and are affected by race, class, and gender in America. Explores interrelationships among those institutions and between various racial and other groups.

SOCL 466 – Gender and Families, with L. McClain

Prerequisite(s): SOCL 100. Sociological, historical and feminist examination of gender inequality in the context of the family. Issues examined include mate selection, single-parent families, paid work and families, gender and domestic work, ethnicity and family relations, social class and family relations, costs and rewards of parenting, divorce, battering.



Online Courses

GWS 555 – Global Perspectives of Women, with K. Branham

Examination of a range of scholarship done in various disciplines on women's political practices around the world and a comparison of women's experiences cross-culturally.

Elective Coursing Offerings:

ENG 497G – Women’s Literature, with K. Reames

An examination of the themes, aesthetic importance, and historical context of literature by women, with emphasis on American and British writers. Topic will vary by semester.

SOCL 535 – Family Violence, with A. Krull

Examination of family violence within the United States. Emphasis placed on spousal violence and child abuse but also on violence within other intimate relationships.

SRSC 525 – Place & the Problem of Healing, with Dr. Jane Olmsted

This course draws on memoir, non-fiction, fiction, and cultural criticism to examine the ways in which selves and communities are fragmented and how they go about rebuilding themselves—reconstructing new identities and ways of living in the world. What are the inter-relationships among healing and individual human or animal suffering, community, and place? Of particular interest are the processes of healing, as well as the negotiations between violence and peace, silence and voice, language and expression, and ritual and sharing.

Face to Face

SOCL 571 – Topical Seminar: Gender & Family, with TBA

Schedule of Classes

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