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UConn Women’s Studies Course Descriptions

(as of 10/25/2011)

(NOTE: 4-digit course numbers apply to classes Fall 2008 onward; 3-digit course numbers apply to classes prior to Fall 2008)

 

Women’s Studies Undergraduate Courses - scheduled by Women's Studies

1104 / 104 - Feminisms and the Arts
Either semester. Three credits.
Interdisciplinary exploration of the work of women artists in drama, the visual arts, music, literature, and/or film. Key issues of feminist criticism in the arts are discussed. CA 1. C A 4.

1105 / 105 - Gender in Everyday Life
Either semester. Three credits.
Explores how the biological fact of sex is transformed into a system of gender stratification in our everyday lives. Examines the social position of women in the family, work, and politics while maintaining sensitivity to the diversity of women’s experiences across class, racial-ethnic groups, cultures, and regions. Experience in introductory research methods to analyze the social construction and structural organization of gender. CA 2. CA 4.

1124 / 124 - Gender in Global Perspective
Either semester. Three credits.
Exploration of the construction and reproduction of gender inequality in global perspective. Study of the social position and relations of women and men (political, economic, cultural and familial) in selected nonwestern societies. Diversity of women’s and men’s experiences across class, racial-ethnic groups, sexualities, cultures, and regions. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1193 / 193 - Foreign Study
Either or both semesters.  Credit and hours by arrangement. May be repeated for credit. Consent of program director required, normally before the student’s departure.

2105 - Gender and Science
Either semester.  Three credits.
The historical, sociological, economic, and political processes that shape the ways that gender, race, class, sexuality and nation intersect with science, medicine and technology. 

2105W - Gender and Science
Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800; open to sophomores or higher. CA 4-INT.

2250 / 250 - Feminisms
(Formerly offered as 3250) Three credits. Prerequisite: WS 103/ 1103, 104/ 1104, or 124/ 1124.
Current feminist theories and related social and political issues.

2255 - Sexualities, Activism, and Globalization
Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.
Globalization of LGBT identities, cultures and social movement activism, and cultures from a transnational perspective; use, role, and impact of digital media. CA 4-INT.

2255W - Sexualities, Activism, and Globalization
Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800; open to sophomores or higher. CA 4-INT.

2263/263 - Women and Violence
(Formerly offered as WS 3263.) (Also offered as HRTS 2263.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WS course.
Discussion of violence against women in our society, including rape, battering, incest and pornography and the social, political and personal meaning of violence.

2267/267 - Women and Poverty
(Formerly offered as WS 3267.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WS course.
Exploration of poverty and gender inequality within the frameworks of the global political economy in select countries. Impact of race, class, and gender differences on policy.

3217 / 217 - Women and Film
Either semester. Three credits.
Feminist analysis of Hollywood film. Investigates women’s roles as filmmaker, writer, editor, and actress as well as messages communicated to female viewers.

3251 / 251 - Women and Body Art
Either semester. Three credits.
Women’s use of body art to express aspects of gender identity and interpretation of body art from a variety of cultures. “Body art” encompasses cosmetics, painting, hair styling, tattoo, scarification, clothing, ornaments, plastic surgery and exercise.

3252 / 252 - Genders and Sexualities
First semester. Three credits.
Overview of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

3253 - Gender Representations in U.S. Popular Culture
Three credits.
Forces in the U.S. that shape and reshape gender in popular culture. CA 2.

3253W - Gender Representations in U.S. Popular Culture
Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800. CA 2.

3255W/255W - Sexual Citizenship
Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800.
Sexuality as a significant axis of citizenship. How sexual citizenship differs in national, historical, and international contexts. How its different constructions influence such issues as welfare, adoption, marriage, and immigration. CA 4-INT.

3264 / 264 - Gender in the Workplace
First semester. Three credits.
An examination of the role of gender in shaping the American workplace and the lives of workers. Discussion of important issues such as comparable worth and sexual harassment drawing on research done in a variety of social science disciplines.

3265W / 265W - Women’s Studies Research Methodology
First semester. Three credits.  Prerequisite: WS 103/ 1103 or WS 104/ 1104 or WS 124/ 1124 or HIST 121/ 1203; ENGL 110/ 1010 or 111/ 1011 or 250/ 3800 ; Open only to WS majors. Women’s Studies majors are strongly urged to take this course as early as possible and before PHIL 218/ 3218.
Analyses of gender bias in research design and practice, problems of androcentric values, and overgeneralization in research. Varieties of feminist research methods and their implications for the traditional disciplines. Student projects using different methodologies.

3266 / 266 - Women and Ethnicity: Changing Roles in a Changing Society
Either semester. Three credits.
An examination of the intersections of gender, race and culture as these are played out in women’s studies, oral histories, and other forms of testimony. Readings and discussions will explore the myths and realities of Asian-American, Latin, and African-American women’s experiences using a socio-historical perspective.

3269 / 269 - The Women’s Movements
Either semester. Three credits.  Not open for credit to students who have passed WS 278.
What is feminism? Who are the feminists and what do they want? How effective has the Women’s Movement been in accomplishing its goals? What are the most controversial questions it has raised? Is the Women’s Movement dead or dying? We will research and discuss questions like these both through examination of the writings and activities of the contemporary Women’s Movement in the United States and through historical and international comparisons.

3271 / 271 - Seminar on Rape Education and Awareness I
First semester. One credit.
This course explores issues of sexual violence and trains those enrolled to facilitate rape awareness workshops for the campus community. Students are required to attend an intensive two-day training program and participate in weekly seminars.

3272 / 272 - Seminar on Rape Education and Awareness II
Second semester. One credit.  Prerequisite: WS 271/ 3271.
This course further explores broader issues of sexual violence and continues to train those enrolled to facilitate rape awareness workshops for the campus community. Students are required to participate in weekly seminars and facilitate rape awareness workshops.

3891 / 261 - Women’s Studies Internship Program
Either semester. Three to nine credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: One Women’s Studies course. To be taken concurrently with WS 262/ 3894. Open only with consent of Women’s Studies Internship Coordinator. Transfer students who wish to major in Women’s Studies are not required to take Women’s Studies Internship Program.
A field placement 9-18 hours per week in an organization related to the student’s major field of study. Such work is overseen by the field work supervisor and the Women’s Studies Internship Coordinator.

3894 / 262 - Women’s Studies Internship Seminar
Either semester. Three credits. Open only with consent of Women’s Studies Internship Coordinator.
A weekly seminar on women and work in which students integrate their field experience with readings, class discussion and guest lecturers.

3993 / 293 - Foreign Study
Either or both semesters. Credit and hours by arrangement. May be repeated for credit. Consent of program director required, normally before the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the director.

3995 / 298 - Special Topics
Either semester. Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3998 / 295- Variable Topics
Either semester. Three credits. With a change of topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3999 / 299 - Independent Study
Either semester. Credits and hours by arrangement. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter. Open only with the consent of the instructor and Women’s Studies Program Director.

4994W / 289W - Senior Seminar in Women’s Studies
Second semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 110/ 1010 or 111/ 1011 or 250/ 3800. Recommended preparation: WS 265W/ 3265W and PHIL 218/ 3218 or instructor consent. For WS majors only.
Capstone course integrating and analyzing Women’s Studies theory and substance through research on a common topic and discussion of advanced texts.


Cross-Listed Classes - classes scheduled by departments with which they are cross-listed

1121 / 121 - Women in History
(Also offered as HIST 121/1203.) Either semester. Three credits.
The historical roots of challenges faced by contemporary women as revealed in the Western and/or non-Western experience: the political, economic, legal, religious, intellectual, and family life of women. CA 1. CA 4.

3042 - Baseball and Society: Politics, Economics, Race and Gender
(Also offered as HDFS 3042 & AFAM 3042) Either semester. Three credits.
Baseball in historical, political, sociological, and economic contexts. Topics may include: impact on individuals and families; racial discrimination and integration; labor relations, urbanization; roles of women; treatment of gay athletes; and implications of performance-enhancing drugs.

3052 / 204 - Women and Politics
(Also offered as POLS 3052/204)Either semester. Three credits.
An introduction to feminist thought, the study of women as political actors, the feminist movement and several public policy issues affecting women.

3102 / 246 - Psychology of Women
(Also offered as PSYC 246./ 3102 ) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: Three credits of 200-level psychology.
Gender roles, socialization, women and work, women’s relationships, violence against women, and other topics. Theory and research. CA 4.

3102W / 246W - Psychology of Women
(Also offered as PSYC 246W./ 3102W) Prerequisite: Three credits of 200-level psychology; ENGL 110/ 1010 or 111/ 1011 or 250/ 3800. CA 4.
3209 / 290 - Ethnicities, Sexualities, Modernisms
(Also offered as ARTH 290/ 3040.) Either semester. Three credits.
Topics in twentieth-century visual culture (film, advertising, fine arts, crafts, literatures), with emphasis upon matters related to social constructions of ethnicity and sexuality, and upon issues raised by feminist and postcolonial theories.

3216W / 203W - Women in Political Development
Second semester. Three credits.
Analysis of the role of women in the process of political development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The importance of gender to the understanding of development and modernization will be explored and the ways in which change in traditional societies has affected the position of women, economically, socially, and politically will be examined.

3258 / 258 - Latina Narrative
(Also offered as PRLS 230./ 3230.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 110/ 1010 or 111/ 1011 or 250/ 3800 or instructor consent.
Feminist topics in contemporary Latina literature and cultural studies.

3259 / 259 - Fictions of Latino Masculinity
(Also offered as PRLS 231./ 3231) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 110/ 1010 or 111/ 1011 or 250/ 3800 or instructor consent.
Topics in Latino literature and cultural studies with an emphasis on masculinity and male authors.

3260 / 260 - Latinas and Media
(Also offered as PRLS 264/ 3264. and COMM 233/ 3321.) Second semester. Three credits.
The role of ethnicity and race in women's lives. Special attention to communication research on ethnic and racial minority women. CA 4.

3268 / 268 - Gender and Communication
(Also offered as COMM 245/ 3450.) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: COMM 100/1000 or instructor consent. Not open for credit to students who have passed COMS 226/ 4230 or WS 278.
Differences in male/female communication, and an examination of cultural assumptions regarding gender in the communication process. Critically analyze the theory, politics and practice of communication and gender.

3350 / 231 - Anthropological Perspectives on Women
(Also offered as ANTH 231/ 3350.) First semester. Three credits. Open to sophomores or higher.
Major conceptual and historical problems in the study of gender in anthropology. Women’s roles in different historical and contemporary settings and new understandings of family, kinship, power, and cultural ideologies.

3402 / 273 - Women in the Bible
(Also offered as ANTH 273./ 3403) Either semester. Three credits. Prerequisite: INTD 294/ 3260.
An introduction to Biblical interpretation from a feminist perspective, examining how women are represented in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Issues of authorship, translation, point of view, cultural context and language.

3403 / 270 - Women and Religion
(Also offered as ANTH 274/ 3402.) Either semester. Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed WS 278 when offered as Women and Religion.
Religion has been a source of personal empowerment and social change for women throughout history. This course will examine the various roles women have assumed in religion and its effects on their position in their personal lives and in society.

3416 / 208 - Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
(Also offered as HIST 208/ 3416.) Either semester. Three credits.
The construction of gender difference and ideas about sexuality in western Europe since 1789. Masculinity and femininity; sexuality, identity and the state; European power and personhood in global context.

3453 / 241 - Women and Health
(Also offered as SOCI 241/3453.) Either semester. Three credits.
Social factors shaping women’s health, health care, and their roles as health-care providers.
3561 / 210 - History of Women and Gender in Early America
(Also offered as HIST 210/ 3561.) Either semester. Three credits.
Compares the evolving gender systems of native American groups, transplanted Africans, and immigrant Europeans up to the early Nineteenth Century. Topics include women’s work, marriage and divorce, witch hunting, masculinity, and women’s Revolutionary War roles.

3562 / 215 - History of Women and Gender in the United States, 1850-Present
(Also offered as HIST 215/ 3325) Either semester. Three credits. Not open to students who have taken HIST 202/ 3418 or WS 202.
Women and gender in family, work, education, politics, and religion. Impact of age, race, ethnicity, region, class, and affectional preference on women’s lives. Changing definitions of womanhood and manhood.

3621 / 245 - Sociology of Sexualities
(Also offered as SOCI 245./ 3621) Either semester. Three credits. Open to sophomores or higher. Not open for credit to students who have taken SOCI 246 or 246W.
Explores the social organization, construction, and politics of sexualities; particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experiences and the intersection of sexualities, gender, race, and class. CA 4.

3621W / 245W - Sociology of Sexualities
(Also offered as SOCI 245W./ 3621W) Prerequisite: ENGL 110/ 1010 or 111/ 1011 or 250/ 3800 . Open to sophomores or higher. Not open for credit to students who have taken SOCI 246 or 246W. CA 4.

3652 / 247 - Black Feminist Politics
(Also offered as POLS 247./ 3652.) Either semester. Three credits.
An introduction to major philosophical and theoretical debates at the core of black feminist thought, emphasizing the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression uphold and sustain each other. 


Cross-Referenced Classes - classes scheduled by the department listed
NOTE: appropriate/specific sections/themes/topics, as approved by WS Director or WS Undergraduate Advisor
-  if approved, may be used to fulfill the "related" courses requirement for the major with advisor consent

DRAM 3130/230 - Women in Theatre
Either semester. Three credits.
A study of theatre examining the changing depiction of women in drama and the increasing participation of women in all areas of theatrical activity. Women's advancement in western and oriental theatre will be surveyed as a background for focusing on plays written in the 20th century. CA 4.

ENGL 2301/227 - World Literature in English
Either semester. Three credits.
English language literature from Africa, India, Canada, Australia, the Caribbean, and other areas outside of the United States and the British Isles. Writers may include Soyinka, Gordimer, Walcott, Achebe, Markandaya, Atwood, White, Emecheta, Rushdie, Naipaul, Kincaid, and others. CA 4-INT.

ENGL 3212/274- Asian American Literature
Either semester. Three credits.
Literature, theatre, film about Asian American communities and culture in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. CA 4.

ENGL 3627/267- Studies in Literature
Either semester. Three credits.
Advanced exploration of various limited topics, such as a particular literary theme, form, or movement, to be announced from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit, with a change in topic.

ENGL 2409/212- The Modern Novel
Either semester. Three credits.
Major twentieth-century novels. CA 1.

ENGL 3509/264- Studies in Individual Writers
Either semester. Three credits.
Concentrated study in one or two authors writing in English. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

ENGL 3609/285- Women in Literature
Fall semester. Three credits.
Analysis of the representation of women in a variety of works from different countries. CA 4.

ENGL 3611/286- Women in 20th Century Lit
Fall semester. Three credits
Analysis of the representation of women in a variety of works from different countries.

ENGL 4600W/268W- Advanced Study: Seminars in Literature
Either semester. Three credits.
Intensive study of various limited topics, such as a particular literary theme, form, or movement, to be announced from semester to semester. Small classes with an emphasis on writing. May be repeated for credit, with a change in topic.
HDFS 3249/250- Gender & Aging
Either semester. Three credits.
Aging process as it impacts on men and women; historical and cross-cultural perspectives, changing family roles, including grandparenthood and widowhood, and implications of changing gender roles for self-actualization of older persons.

HDFS 3421/270- Low Income Families
Either semester. Three credits.
Impact of poverty and related problems on development of the child in the context of the family. Family structure, childrearing patterns, early educational and community programs.

HDFS 3423/279- History of the Family
Either semester. Three credits.
Pre-industrial and industrial family life in Western society since the Middle Ages, with emphasis on the changes in demography, family size and structure, family economy, social expectations, sex roles, sexuality, and affective bonds.

HDFS 3431/272- Families & Work
Either semester. Three credits.
Interaction of the world of work with family structure; social psychological dynamics that enhance or impede working families' lives.
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HIST 3203/209- History of the Family
Either semester. Three credits
Pre-industrial and industrial family life in Western society since the Middle Ages, with emphasis on the changes in demography, family size and structure, family economy, social expectations, sex roles, sexuality, and affective bonds.

PHIL 3218/218- Feminist Theory
Either semester. Three credits
Philosophical issues in feminist theory. Topics may include the nature of gender difference, the injustice of male domination and its relation to other forms of domination, the social and political theory of women's equality in the home, in the workplace, and in politics.

SOCI 3221- Sociological Perspectives on Asian American Women
Either semester. Three credits.
An overview of social structures, inter-group relations, and women’s rights, focusing on the experience of Asian American women. CA 4.

SOCI 3222/222- Asian Indian Women: Activism and Social Change in India & US
Fall semester. Three credits.
How gender, class, and ethnicity/race structure everyday lives of Asian Indian women in both India and the United States.

SOCI 3601/252- Sociology of Gender
Either semester. Three credits.
Explores processes contributing to social construction of gender; examines the theories used to explain the system of inequality in the United States with particular attention to the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class; and evaluates how men and women are differentially constituted in the family, in education, work, politics, and language.

SOCI 3601W/252W- Sociology of Gender “W”
Either semester. Three credits.
Explores processes contributing to social construction of gender; examines the theories used to explain the system of inequality in the United States with particular attention to the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class; and evaluates how men and women are differentially constituted in the family, in education, work, politics, and language.

SPAN 3207/207- Women’s Studies in Spanish
Either semester. Three credits.
Women in Spanish and Ibero-American literature. Women's writings. The development of Spanish and Ibero-American feminism. Contemporary issues concerning women in the Spanish-speaking world.

 

(last updated 10/25/11 - khd)