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Winter 2013

Women's Studies Courses: Winter 2013

WS 222 001 Intro to Women's Studies 
4:00-5:15 TTH 
Thursby, Jacqueline

With an objective of learning to make best informed personal choices concerning behavior, health, education, employment and political involvement, this Introduction to Women’s Studies class will require assigned readings, researched presentations, discussion, and written work related to building an interdisciplinary understanding of Women’s Studies.  Focused attention will be directed toward major figures and movements in the field as well as government, political knowledge, family education, health care, social attitudes, media, fiction, poetry, and philosophy.  Students will build foundational understanding and an appropriate lexicon of related terms and vocabulary used in the discipline of women’s studies.
Sapiro, Virginia.  Women in American Society: An Introduction to Women’s Studies, 5th edition.  Boston: McGraw Hill, 2003.;
Friel, Brianne and Robert L. Giron, eds.  An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Women’s Studies.  Arlington, VA: Gival Press, LLC., 2005.

WS 222 002 Intro to Women's Studies
1:30 - 2:45 TTH 
Forste, Renata A Tonks 

“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.

WS 332 001 Mormon Women's History 
10:00 - 11:30 MW
Cope, Rachel

Throughout the semester, a number of interesting themes will be explored in which Mormon women will be placed within their various contexts: religious history, women's history, and Mormon history in general. Topics will include: historical agency (what does that even mean for a woman?), conversion narratives (how does Lucy Mack Smith compare to her Protestant contemporaries who also wrote memoirs?), hymnody as history and theology (how might understanding that make D&C 25 more meaningful? And did Protestant women compile hymn books?), print culture (what were women reading and writing, and how did that influence them?), reform movements (how does Relief Society fit into that context?), polygamy (so much to say—just trust me on this one!), anti-Mormonism and anti-Catholicism in nineteenth-century America (why was anti-religious literature so prone to sexualize and demean women?), women as missionaries  (how do they fit into the larger context?),suffrage (Mormon women were political?) race (we will talk about 1978 — and consider the experiences of the first black woman to serve a mission), ERA (what was that all about?) and on and on and on. If you are interested in learning more about your roots, and discussing an array of subjects with academic rigor in a context of faith, this may be just the class for you!

WS 351 001 Early Modern European Women Writers
4:00 - 5:15 MW
Hudson, Robert James
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A pan-European approach to exploring women writers from the early modern period (ca. 1400-1700), this course will be team taught by a variety of professors from a range of national linguistic/literary traditions and disciplines. Units of study may include the following: the convent theatre of 16th-century Italian nuns, the devotional poetry and novellas of a French queen, female literature of Golden Age Spain, the art and art criticism of women from the Low Countries in the Northern Renaissance, the intimate journals of Venetian renegade daughters, Elizabethan drama penned by Englishwomen, etc. – all presented in two-week (four class period) sessions by BYU Women’s Studies affiliates. (All texts and lectures will be presented in English.)

WS 392R 001 Women's Studies Colloquium
12:00 - 12:50 F 
Hegstrom, Valerie

WS 492 001 Women's Studies Capstone

Other Courses that Count toward the Women's Studies Minor: Winter 2013

ENGL 396 Studies in Women’s Lit
12:00-12:50 MWF
Lundquist, Suzanne M.

Female-authored literary texts and literary theory concerning women. (Last year's description): Women’s Literature, English 396, will explore award-winning American Women authors---including:  Willa Cather (Pulitzer), Patricia MacLachlan (Newberry), Ursula K. Le Guin (Hugo and Nebula), Marilynne Robinson (Pulitzer), Annie Dillard (Pulitzer), and Alice Walker (Pulitzer) among others.  We will begin with the immigrant experience and explore women’s voices both mainstream and multicultural.  Films (documentaries included) will also be viewed and discussed, including Iron Jawed Angels, the story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and the fight for women’s suffrage

HLTH 450 Women's Health Issues
4:00-6:00 M
Shores, Eleanor Karen Uber

Overview of selected health topics affecting women's health status. Primary emphasis on steps to enhance personal health and fulfill divine roles from childhood through adulthood.

PL SC 472 International Political Economy of Women
3:00-6:00 TTH
Bowen, Donna Lee 

Effects upon national, international, and developmental policies when women are rendered visible and valued.

Psych 306 Psychology of Gender
12:05-1:20 TTH
Yamawaki, Niwako
1:35-2:50 TTH
Yamawaki, Niwako

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.

Psych 306 Psychology of Gender
4:30-7:00 TH
Cherry, Sandra

Biological and social contributions to sex role development, sexual self-concept, and complementarity of sex roles.

SFL 461 The Family and the Law
12:00- 1:20 TTH
Duncan, William C.

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

SFL 471 Philosophies of Family Work Relationships
1:25-2:45 TTH
Homes, Erin Kramer

Changes in household labor across time, current issues around gender and household labor, and philosophical perspectives of family work and family relationships.

SOC 323 Racial and Minority- Group Relations
11:00-11:50 MWF
Souberbielle, Daneka Natay

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

SOC 367 Sociology of Gender
11:00-11:50 MWF
Jeppsen, Catherine Elizabeth

Through course readings, lectures, and student participation, this Sociology of Gender course will provide an overview of ways in which gender is considered within the discipline of sociology. Specifically, course participants will explore the answers to four main questions: First, what is gender? Second, what are the main theoretical perspectives within the sociology of gender? Third, how arethese perspectives related to the questions we ask about gender? Fourth, what do we do with this information?

Women’s Studies minors can participate in the India Study Abroad Program and receive 6 credits toward the WS minor. To do this:

1. Include ANTHR 431 (Kinship and Gender) as one of the courses you take. Let the director, Charles Nuckolls, know that you plan to take this course. He will make the appropriate arrangements.

2. For the ANTHR 495 requirement, complete a research project that focuses on women. Valerie Hegstrom, the Women’s Studies program coordinator, will help you complete the paperwork so 3 hours of this credit will count toward the WS minor.

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If you have any specific questions about WS credits for the India Study Abroad program, please contact Professor Tim Heaton ( For other information about the India Study Abroad program, please contact Professor Charles Nuckolls ( Information about the India Study Abroad program is attached. The program is also recruiting students for spring and summer.