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Fall 2013

Women's Studies Courses:

WS 352 Modern European Women Writers
MW 4:00-5:25pm
Anca Sprenger

This class covers women authors (novelists, poets, and theorists, also filmmakers and even composers) from the 19th century to the 21st century, from Jane Austen's subtle portrayal of British Society, to contemporary Spanish science fiction, from 20th century theory, and chronicles of Nazi Germany to French New Wave film.

WS 422 Theories of Women's Studies
TTH 3:00-4:15pm
Brandie Siegfried

Introduction to theoretical approaches to women's studies.This course offers you an in-depth survey of the theories and philosophies that underpin the discipline of Women’s Studies.  The scope of the assigned readings is broadly international, and includes the work of thinkers from Sweden, Japan, France, China, Russia, Egypt, Puerto Rico, England, Nigeria, the United States, South Africa, Bolivia, Senegal, Germany, Tanzania, Norway, Zimbabwe, and Afghanistan.  These essays are valued for their literary art as well as for their concern with human rights and the ideals of truth, justice, and equality.

WS 222 Introduction to Women’s Studies
Section 001
MWF 9:00-9:50am
Renata A. Forste

“Women’s studies puts women at the center of inquiry and focuses on our reality as subjects of study, informing knowledge through this lens” (Shaw & Lee, 2012).  As an introduction to Women’s Studies, we will examine the social construction of gender in society and explore how social institutions shape the lives of women, both nationally and globally. We will take a social science approach and explore how social norms define the performance of femininity and masculinity and how this interacts with other aspects of women’s identities, such as race & ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sexuality.
Lee J, Shaw SM. 2012. Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Section 002
TTH 9:30-10:45am
Susan Sessions Rugh

This course will explore the ways in which social structures shape gender ideologies and condition the behavior of women and men in all aspects of work and personal life.  Our textbook is the tried and true Virginia Sapiro, Women in American Society, 5th Ed.  To gain historical perspective on gender issues, we will read The Feminine Mystique, by Bette Friedan, now in in its 50th anniversary year.  We will also read the recently published autobiography of Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World, to help us understand the impact of barriers to equality.  The class term paper will emphasize women's lives, and each student will choose a biography for a term paper focus.

WS 392R Women’s Studies Colloquium
TH 12:00-12:50pm
Valerie Hegstrom

Scholarly findings presented by researchers on topics relating to women's lives and experiences throughout history, across the world, and within ethnic, educational, and economic segments of society.

Other Courses that Count toward the Women's Studies Minor:

COMMS 481 Gender, Race, and Class in Media
TTH 2:00-3:15pm
Course Instructor TBA

Applying critical theory to the interaction between media and underrepresented groups in society. Approaches may include stereotypes and portrayals, access to media, participation, and media ownership.

ENGL 396 Studies in Women’s Literature and Fourth Wave Feminims (Spiritual Feminism)
TTH 12:05-1 :20pm
Suzanne Lundquist

We will be studying the religious/mythic insights of award-winning American Women authors:  Willa Cather (My Antonia), Ursula K. Le Guin (Very Far Away from Anywhere Else), Annie Dillard (The Maytrees), Marilynne Robinson (Gilead), and Anne Lamott (Traveling Mercies:  Some Thoughts on Faith).  While we read mainstream American authors, we will also be working with Mormon Women writers and their publications inWoman’s ExponentThe Relief Society MagazineWoman Exponent II, and Seghulla; the journal work will be done in groups for presentations (each group will take an hour of class time).   Because Willa Cather writes about an immigrant woman, I have students do research on ONE of their immigrant women ancestors.   The courses's main focus will be:

1)      Religious/mythic paradigms;

2)      Life Stages for women---from youth to old age;

3)      And, Mormon Religious paradigms (as manifest in Mormon Women’s writings or writings about Mormon conceptions of Gender).

I hope that this course will draw women from various majors.

HIST 384 U.S. Women’s History
MW 2:00-3:15pm
Rebecca DeSchweinitz

Course Syllabus
In this course we will examine women’s and girls’ experiences in America from the colonial period to the present, significant issues and debates in U.S. Women’s History, and the ways that ideas about gender have shaped American life, institutions, and policies. We will pay special attention to the experiences of growing up female in America; to how political, social, and economic changes influenced girls’ and women’s lives; and to the ways that race and class have shaped the female experience.

HLTH 403R Refugee and Migrant Health
Section 001
T 4:00-6:30
Eugene C. Cole

PL SC 472 International Political Economy of Women
MWF 9:00-9:50am
Scott B. Cooper

Political implications of international trade, investment, and monetary policies within an increasingly interdependent global context; transnationalism.

PSYCH 306 Psychology of Gender
Section 001
TTH 8:00-9:15am
Niwako Yamawaki

Course Syllabus
This course introduces students to psychological research on the experiences, behaviors, and abilities of men and women. We will study attitudes about gender, theories of gender development, and research about similarities and differences between men and women. Topics we will study include sex differences and similarities in mental abilities, personality, social behavior, and relationships.  We will also study mental health issues and experiences of men and women in the workplace, as well as look at the most current research documenting advances in gender equity and other gender related issues that continue to need attention.

Section 002
TH 5 :00-7 :30pm
Course Instructor TBA

SFL 461 The Family and the Law
TTH 1:35-2:50pm
William C. Duncan

Legal environment of the family system, with emphasis on husband-wife and parent-child relationships, rights, and responsibilities.

SOC 323 Racial & Minority-Group Relations
Section 001
MWF 10:00-10:50am
Howard M. Bahr

Section 002
TTH 3:00-4:20pm
Daneka Natay Souberbielle

Social psychological and social structural analysis of racial and ethnic relations; prejudice, discrimination, responses, protests, current issues.

SOC 367 Sociology of Gender
MWF 12:00-12:50pm
Elizabeth Jeppsen

Gender in social institutions: family, social hierarchies, economics, education, organizations, religion, and science.

STDEV117 Career Exploration:Women's Career Issues
Section 15: 2 credits
MW 4-4:50
Melissa Jones