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Description for WOST100: This interdisciplinary course examines how gender interacts with social institutions such as the family, education, the media, organized religion, law and government, and how that interaction shapes human behavior. Students will learn to address controversial issues raised by the feminist movement, and to relate these to their own lived experiences in meaningful and productive ways.
Description for WOST110: This course is an introduction to studying womens lives and the gender systems that shape them across cultures and countries, as it examines a variety of global processes and approaches, including patriarchy, colonialism, nationalism, and globalization. Students will consider issues of gender and sexuality by looking at the ways in which people are connected in a network of global flows of capital, ideas, and activism. Topics include: work, poverty, images of the body, violence, faith, and feminism.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Social and Behavioral Sciences Diversity: International
Description for WOST150: This course explores cultural beliefs about women’s "nature" and role at different times and places, drawing on materials from literature, including fiction and autobiography, and from history and feminist analysis. Using a thematic rather than a chronological approach, the course will focus on the ways in which intersection of race, class and gender affects the lives and self-concepts of women, in the U.S. and in other societies in the world.
Description for WOST200: An intermediate-level course which examines the ways women writers in this century have dealt with some important themes of contemporary feminism. Novels, short stories, some analytical essays and autobiographies are used.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Arts Diversity: United States
Description for WOST220: This course explores how the historical evolution and commercial orientation of mass communications media have helped shape the depiction of women and gender in advertising, entertainment, and news. Students learn to analyze visual imagery for its conceptual and emotional messages; to distinguish stereotypes from more complex characterizations in TV fictions; and to monitor the representations of women and gender in the print and broadcast news.
Description for WOST240: This course studies the lives and ideas of women in the U.S. who have been educators and activists in struggles for equality in, and transformation of, education. Central themes include how women learn; education as a means of self-realization and empowerment for women in different ethnic, race, and class contexts; how gender affects experience in educational institutions.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Diversity: United States
Description for WOST260: This course focuses on women’s concerns in relation to health. Topics include health issues unique to women (such as birth control, pregnancy, childbearing); nutrition; occupational health; health and aging; women as health workers; and the history, activities, and influence of the women’s health movement.
Description for WOST300L: This course challenges stereotypical constructions of Africa and African woman in mainstream media by considering internal and external historical relationships that have shaped and redefined the cultures, ideas, institutions, politics, and social relations of several specific groups of African women. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, the course addresses issues and challenges of contemporary Africa, and explores many of the themes and concerns that have run throughout Africas gendered, complex, and changing history. Popular culture sources, as well as scholarly studies and activist writing, will be employed to help illuminate the lived experiences and perspectives of contemporary women living in various African societies.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Diversity: International Crosslisted: AFRSTY 300L and WOST 300L are the same course.
Description for WOST359L: This course examines the social and cultural roles of Chinese women, and their changes over time. Emphasis is given to twentieth-century China, especially the People’s Republic period.