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WGS A385 Topics in Anthropology (3 cr.) Counts as women's & gender studies only if topic is motherhood. This course will explore the evolutionary, sociocultural and ideological dimensions of motherhood from the perspective of different disciplines (philosophy, anthropology, sociology, political science). Specific topics to be covered include: biology of motherhood, attachment theory, maternal-infant conflict, varieties of mothering, "mommy" wars, mothering and peace politics, mothering and revolution, mothering and nationalism, reproductive technologies, and the future of mothering. (joint-listed course)

WGS B260 Women, Men, and Society in Modern Europe (3 cr.) Overview of the development of gender roles in Europe since the French Revolution; development of the private and public spheres, political ideology, and women's roles in society; the Industrial Revolution's impact on concepts of femininity and masculinity; Darwinism, imperialism and gender roles; Victorian morality and sexuality, nationalism and masculinity; communism and gender equality; consumer culture and women's role in the home; feminism and the sexual revolution. (joint-listed course)

WGS B399 Human Behavior & Social Institutions: Women and Madness(3 cr.)This class focuses on the iconic mad woman in historical and fictional works, and examines through a psychological and gendered analysis how this portrayal has been constructed. We will look at how centuries of bias against women in Western societies have resulted in the pathologizing of women’s sexual, mental, emotional, and physical experiences and abilities. We will examine old and new gender stereotypes that have led to disparate treatment by the psychological profession. We will read first-person accounts from women who have undergone mental health treatments such as insane asylums, biological therapies, and talk therapies. We will also turn a critical eye toward the portrayal of dangerous, mad, or crazy women in works of fiction and film to explore themes of sexuality, motherhood, agency, and relationships.

WGS B399 Human Behavior & Social Institutions: Race and Reproductive Rights(3 cr.)This course examines how race and class have shaped women’s access to birth control, their ability to make reproductive choices and to have control over their own bodies. We will discuss historical developments as well as current events. Historical topics include forced sterilization, the eugenics movements, the mistreatment of single mothers in the early 20th century, and medical experiments in communities of color. In the second half of the semester, we will turn our attention to current controversies, including teenagers’ access to sex education and birth control, the debate about emergency contraception and abortion, gay and lesbian parents, as well as new reproductive technologies and their ethical implications.

WGS E391 Women in Developing Countries (3 cr.) This course explores the nature of women’s roles in developing countries. Particular emphasis is placed on examining how development and cultural change have affected the lives of women. WGS E391 will be offered only as a joint-listed course with ANTH E391.

WGS H260 History of American Women (3 cr.) Covers American women from 1607 to the present. Focuses on the changes which have occurred in the lives of American women over the centuries; family, health, education, work, etc. It also shows the significance of women's lives and their contributions to America. (joint-listed course)

WGS H425 Women As Agents of Change (3 cr.) Seminar. Emphasis placed on theories of change and women's roles in creating change in America. (joint-listed course)

WGS L207 Women and Literature (3 cr.) A variable-topics course that focuses either on the North American experience with units on black writers, nineteenth century writers, major new voices, and lesbian writers, or on England and the continent with units on renaissance woman, manners, and rebellion, nineteenth century male views of women, and twentieth century female views of women. Fulfills liberal arts and sciences requirements III.A.2 or III.B.2. (joint-listed course)

WGS N200 Biology of Women (3 cr.) This course examines the biological basis for bodily functions and changes that take place throughout the life of females. (joint-listed course) II

WGS P391 Psychology of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity (3 cr.) Explores the impact of social and political forces on psychological development and adjustment. Focus on black women, but includes both genders and all races. Contemporary theory on race, gender, and class will be examined. (joint-listed course) I

WGS P394 Feminist Philosophy (3 cr.) Study of contemporary feminist philosophy in the United States and Europe. (joint-listed course) I, II

WGS P460 Women: A Psychological Perspective (3 cr.) Basic data and theories about the development and maintenance of gender differences in behavior and personality. (joint-listed course) II

WGS S310 The Sociology of Women In America (3 cr.) The study of the situation of women in America today--its definition, changes, and consequences. Specific issues may include spouse abuse, rape, the role of homemaker, being different, feminism. (joint-listed course) I, II

WGS S338 Sociology of Gender Roles (3 cr.) Examines the causes, correlates, and consequences of current gender role definitions, and considers personal and institutional barriers to equality of women and men resulting from socialization (e.g. education, media, language), discrimination, and other structural arrangements. (joint-listed course) I, II, S

WGS S349 Topics in Contemporary Aocial Theory (3 cr.) Counts as women's & gender studies only if topic is Feminist Theory. An introduction to developments in feminist sociological theory since the 1970s, with a focus on recent theoretical innovations. Meets liberal arts and sciences second-level writing requirement. (joint-listed course)

WGS S410 Topics: Gender, Inequality and Work (3 cr.) Seminar. Course topic and emphasis varies. See Schedule of Classes. (joint-listed course) I

WOST W100 Gender Studies (3 cr.) This course is designed as an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of gender studies. We will study the intersections between different systems of oppression (e.g. sexism, heterosexism/homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism, etc.) and examine how these constructs serve to legitimize power and privilege in the United States. This course is primarily discussion-based, drawing upon an extensive reading list (including “classic” and contemporary feminist scholarship from a variety of disciplines, as well as personal narratives, fiction, and media examples). (core course)

WGS W200 Women in Society: Introduction to Women's & Studies (3 cr.) Interdisciplinary exploration of women's roles in society from predominantly social science perspectives. Considers such topics as socialization and gender stereotypes, the impact of different political and economic systems on women, theories of human development, and the effects of ethnicity and class. Meets liberal arts and sciences Culture II requirement. (core course)

WGS W201 Women in Culture: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies (3 cr.) An interdisciplinary exploration of women's roles, images, history, and experiences from the perspectives of the arts and humanities. Considers issues of women and culture, including the areas of literature, film, art, and the mass media. (core course)

WGS W220 New Views on Gender (l cr.) A workshop focused on working to generate articles for the student journal, New Views on Gender. Each workshop will read and write on a specific feminist topic to be determined by the instructors. (core course)

WGS W221 Native Use of Herbs (1 cr.) A field experience course on Native American uses of herbs. Usually meets on Saturdays on a farm in Rochester. Students get hands-on experience working with plants. Readings cover the historical and cultural development of various herbs. (core course)

WGS W240 Topics in Feminism (3 cr.) (Variable title) Courses offered under this number generally explore topics of current interest in feminism. Recent course offerings have included: women in art, writing women's lives, feminist ethics, and women in the workforce. (core course)

WGS W299 Feminist Research Methods (3 cr.)This course will introduce students to a range of qualitative research methods. We will discuss the epistemological assumptions underlying research in traditional disciplines and explore feminist adaptations, critiques, and revisions. This course will function as a workshop: students are not only expected to read and discuss research, but also to do it! You cannot fully understand the challenges of conducting feminist research unless you begin to conduct interviews, observe social practice, and analyze documents for yourself. Your own experiences in the field will be the backbone of our discussions.

WGS W301 Global Perspectives on Women (3 cr.) This course analyzes a broad range of issues dealing with global feminism. Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives focus on differing understandings of gender roles and the impact of social, economic, and political practices and institutions on Third World women. Meets the liberal arts and sciences World Culture requirement. Also taught as POLS Y324 and ANTH E402. (core course)

WGS W302 Topics in Women's & Gender Studies (3 cr.) (Variable title.) Interdisciplinary approach to selected ideas, trends, and problems in women's & genderstudies. Recent course offerings have included: Native American literature, philosophy of personal relations, and gender, race, and ethnicity. (core course)

WGS W400 Topics in Women's & Gender Studies (3 cr.) (Variable title.) Interdisciplinary approach to selected ideas, trends, and problems in women's studies. Recent course offerings have included: gender and communication, history of women in the United States, and women in art. (core course)

WGS W402 Seminar in Women's Studies (3 cr.) (Variable title.) This course focuses on issues and controversies in the new scholarship on women. Recently taught under the title: Women as Agents of Change. (core course)

WGS W480 Practicum in Women's & Gender Studies (3 cr.) Field experience working for a social agency which serves women. Students intern for a social agency, do directed readings, keep a journal of their experiences, and develop a semester project based on their field experience. (core course)

WGS W495 Readings and Research in Women's & Gender Studies (1-6 cr.) Independent readings and research done with the approval and collaboration of a faculty advisor. Students are required to get the approval of a faculty advisor before enrolling in this course. Recent topics explored are: Feminism and African American Women, Feminism and Generation X Women. (core course)

WGS Y327 Gender Politics In The United States (3 cr.) Seeks to analyze issues of power and politics from the perspective of gender within the United States cultural context. It will consider the impact of women in traditional areas of politics as well as revised theoretical understandings of power, the political, and the public/private debate. (joint-listed course) I, II, S