Courses

A complete list of undergraduate courses in Women's Studies, along with descriptions, is available in the undergraduate bulletin. 

Fall 2012 Undergraduate Courses

 

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

Some courses offered in Africana Studies (AFS), Art History (ARH), Cinema and Cultural Studies (CCS), English (EGL), History (HIS), Humanities (HUM), Philosophy (PHS), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSY), and Sociology (SOC), may be used to fulfill the Women’s and Gender Studies (WST) major and minor requirements. Students are urged to consult with Professor Ritch Calvin, Program Advisor.

rcalvink@ic.sunysb.edu

 

WST 102-F INTRODUCTION WOMEN’S STUDIES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

An introductory social sciences survey examining the continuities and changes women have made in marriage systems, child-rearing practices, and work patterns inside and outside the home. Within this context, the course considers how women have balanced labor force participation and changing child-care responsibilities in a variety of countries. Using the experimental design and case study methods of anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, and history, and employing texts drawn from these disciplines, the course shows the changes women's lives have undergone over the past 150 years.

3 credits

LEC-01 TUTH 10:00AM–11:20AM  SBS S228                                                                             R. DeLUCA

 

WST 103-G WOMEN, CULTURE AND DIFFERENCE

An introductory humanities survey focusing on women's traditional association with the home and men's association with public life and how writers, artists, philosophers, and religious thinkers have reflected upon those relationships over the past 150 years. Through lectures and critical analyses of novels, poetry, art, philosophy, and religious texts, the course

explores how changing intellectual, artistic, and religious precepts have affected gender identity and different genres in the humanities.

3 credits

LEC-01 MWF 10:00AM-10:53AM    SBS S218

                                                                TBA

 LEC-02 TUTH 11:30AM-12:50PM  SBS S228

                                                                K. AMIN

 LEC-03 TUTH 2:30PM-3:50PM      GRAD CHEM 126

                                                                F. CROMER

 LEC-04 TUTH 4:00PM-5:20PM      SBS S218

                                                                TBA

WST 111-G INTRODUCTION TO QUEER STUDIES IN THE HUMANITIES

A survey of historical representations of queer difference from the late 19th century to the present. Works of visual art, literary representations and poetry are examined as evidence of the shifting understanding of lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgendered/ queer identity.

3 credits

LEC-01 MW 2:30PM-3:50PM           EARTH&SPACE 177

                                                                B. MARTINO

 WST 210-F CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

A survey of contemporary issues in the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Potential topics for the course are timely and topical. Topics examples include Gender and Political Activism, Gender and Music Culture, Gender and Reality TV, Gender, Race, and Sports, Gender and Education, Sexual Medicine, and

Gender and Social Media. May not be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: WST 102 or WST 103

3 credits

LEC-01 TUTH 11:30AM–12:50PM CHEMISTRY 123

                                                                F. CROMER

 WST/HUI 237-K IMAGES OF ITALIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN

Examination of the role of Italian-American women through literature, film, politics, and music. The specific ways they have contributed artistically and socially to the American cultural scene from the first wave of

Italian-American immigration to the present is considered. This course is offered as both HUI 237 and WST 237.

Advisory Prerequisite: Completion of DEC category B

3 credits

LEC-01 TUTH 10:00AM-11:20AM  PHYSICS P113

                                                                TBA

 WST/SOC 247-K Sociology of Gender

The historical and contemporary roles of women and men in American society; changing relations between the sexes; women's liberation and related movements. Themes are situated within the context of historical

developments in the U.S. This course is offered as both SOC 247 and WST 247.

3 credits

LEC-01 MW 2:30PM – 3:50PM        JAVITS LECTR 110

                                                                C. LLEWELLYN

 WST 287 RESEARCH IN WOMEN’S STUDIES

Supervised research under the sponsorship of a women's studies faculty member. Students assist faculty in various aspects of ongoing research. Assignments depend on the nature of the project. May be repeated up to a limit of six credits, but only three credits may count toward the minor or major.

Prerequisite: Permission of the program research coordinator

0-6 credits, S/U grading

by appointment                                   R. CALVIN

 

wst 291-g INTRODUCTION TO FEMINIST THEORY

An introductory survey of historical and contemporary interdisciplinary theories used in Women's and Gender Studies. Theoretical debates on sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, knowledge, discourse, representation are among the topics to be considered. The course will provide a strong theoretical foundation for further studies in Women's and Gender Studies.

Prerequisite: WST 102 or WST 103

3 credits

LEC-01 TUTH 11:30AM-12:50PM   MELVILLE LBR N4072

                                                                R. CALVIN

WST 301-K Histories of Feminism

An historical study of the theoretical and practical developments that form contemporary feminism. Beginning with the 18th century critiques of women's

rights, the course traces the expansion of feminist concerns to include a global perspective, as well as attention to race and class. Representative texts include Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, poems by Phyllis Wheatley and

Sojourner Truth, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, Virgina Woolf's Three Guineas, and Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex.

Advisory Prerequisite: WST major or minor or

WST 102 or WST 103

3 credits

SEM-S01 TUTH 2:30PM-3:50PM   MELVILLE LBR E4315

                                                                R. CALVIN

WST 305-G Feminist Theories in Context

A study of major texts of the feminist tradition in social sciences and humanities, focusing on theories of subjectivity from a feminist point of view. Theoretical debates on gender, feminism, psychoanalysis, discourse, ideology, and representational systems are included. Prerequisite: WST major or minor, or WST 102 (formerly SSI/WST 102), or WST 103, or WST 301, or WST/PHI 284, or 6 credits of departmentally approved courses

3 credits

LEC-01 MW 2:30PM-3:50PM           CHEMISTRY 123

                                                                V. HESFORD

 WST/POL 330-K Gender Issues in the Law

A critical exploration of American law that specifically addresses the issues of (in)equality of women and men in the United States. The course surveys and analyzes cases from the pre-Civil War era to the end of the 20th

Century dealing with various manifestations of sex dis-crimination, decided in the federal court system, typically by the Supreme Court, and the state court system. The course also considers how the political nature of the adjudicative process has ramifications for the decisions rendered by a court. This course is offered as both POL 330 and WST 330.

Prerequisite: U3 or U4 standing

Advisory Prerequisite: POL 102 or 105 or WST 102 (formerly SSI/WST 102)

3 credits

LEC-01 TU 7:00PM-9:50PM             JAVITS LECTR 103

A. DONOVAN

 WST/SOC 340-H Sociology of Human Reproduction

A study of the links between biological reproduction and the socioeconomic and cultural processes that affect and are affected by it. The history of the transition from high levels of fertility and mortality to low levels of both; different kinship, gender, and family

systems around the world and their links to human reproduction; the value of children in different social contexts; and the social implications of new reproductive technologies. This course is offered as both SOC 340 and WST 340.

Prerequisites: SOC 105; one DEC category E course in biology

3 credits

LEC-01 W 7:00PM-9:50PM              HARRIMAN HALL 137

C. MARRONE

 WST 377/PSY 347-F Psychology of Women

The psychological impact of important physiological and sociological events and epochs in the lives of women; menstruation, female sexuality, marriage, childbirth, and menopause; women and mental health, mental illness and psychotherapy; the role of women

in the field of psychology. This course is offered as both PSY 347 and WST 377.

Prerequisite: WST major or minor; or one of the following: WST 102, WST 103, PSY 103, WST/SOC 247

3 credits

LEC-01 MW 2:30PM-3:50PM          JAVITS LECTR 102

B. LONDON-THOMPSON

WST/AFS 381-H AIDS, Race, and Gender in the Black Community

Review of current biological and epidemiological knowledge about the HIV virus, and examination of the virus' social impact on the Black community. This course is offered as both AFS 381 and WST 381.

Prerequisites: U3 or U4 standing; one DEC category E course

3 credits

LEC-01 MWF 11:00AM-11:53PM    JAVITS LECTR 102

                                                                D. WILLS

 

WST/AFH/EGL 382-G Black Women's Litera-ture of the African Diaspora

Black women's literature presents students with the opportunity to examine through literature the political, social, and historical experiences of Black women from the African Diaspora. The course is structured around five major themes commonly addressed in Black women's writing: Black female oppression, sexual politics of Black womanhood, Black female sexuality, Black male/female relationships, and Black women and defining self. This course is offered as AFH 382, EGL

382, and WST 382.

3 credits

LEC-01 TUTH 10:00AM-11:20AM   SBS S218

                                                                T. WALTERS

 

WST/PHI 384-G Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy (III)

An intensive philosophical study of selected topics of feminist concern. Topics are selected to further the understanding of what effect feminism has upon tradi-tional areas of philosophy as well as providing a detailed understanding of particular feminist theories. Semester supplements to this Bulletin contain specific description when course is offered. May be repeated as the topic changes. This course is offered as both PHI 384 and WST 384.

Prerequisites: One PHI course; one WST course

Advisory Prerequisites: PHI/WST 284; one other PHI or WST course

3 credits

LEC-01 TUTH 10:00AM-11:20AM   PHYSICS P122

                                                                S. KHADER

WST 394-H Special Topics in Medicine, Reproduction, and Gender: PSYCHOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION

Selected topics in gender and medicine and in human reproduction. Semester supplements to this Bulletin contain specific description when course is offered. May be repeated as the topic changes.

Prerequisite: WST major or minor, or WST 102 (formerly SSI/WST 102), or WST 103, or

WST 301, or WST/PHI 284, or 6 credits of

departmentally approved courses

Advisory Prerequisites: may be announced with topic

3 credits

LEC-01 TUTH 2:30PM-3:50PM       CHEMISTRY 123

                                                                R. DeLUCA

 

WST 395-J Topics in Global Feminism: NANNIES, MAIDS, SEX WORKERS

Designed for upper-division students, this course provides an in-depth study of a specific topic relating to non-western world civilizations. With a focus on the development of feminism beyond the United States and Europe, topics may include such titles as Global Feminism and Latinas: History, Society, and Culture. Semester supplements to this Bulletin contain specific description when course is offered. May be repeated as the topic changes.

Prerequisite: WST major or minor, or WST 102 (formerly SSI/WST 102), or WST 103, or WST 301, or WST/PHI 284, or 6 credits of departmentally approved courses

Advisory Prerequisites: may be announced with topic

3 credits

LEC-01 TUTH 1:00PM-2:20PM       CHEMISTRY 123

                                                                F. CROMER

 WST 397/SOC 394-F Social Sciences Topics in Women's Studies: SOCIAL MOVEments and GENDER in LATIN AMERICA

This course examines the diverse social movements for rights and resources of the past few decades in Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on women’s participation, feminism, and emerging struggles. Combining key theoretical texts and ethnographic case studies, we will explore the gendered nature of processes in the region, such as shifting state and economic structures, revolutionary movements, struggles for indigenous rights, and rural organizing. The course will focus particular attention on movements concerned with race, sexuality, human rights, and on the issues of neoliberal globalization and transnational activism. Our comparative study of these movements in a diversity of national and transnational arenas will foster an understanding of the historical contexts and political conditions that give rise to resistance. May be repeated as the topic changes

Prerequisite: WST major or minor, or WST 102 (formerly SSI/WST 102), or WST 103, or WST 301, or WST/PHI 284, or 6 credits of departmentally approved courses

Advisory Prerequisites: may be announced with topic

3 credits

LEC-01 MW 11:00AM-12:20PM      STALLER 3216

                                                                M. FORBIS

 WST 398-K Topics in Gender, Race, and Ethnicity: CULTURAL MEMORIES OF U.S. FEMINISms, 1968-2000

Is feminism dead? Some recent political commentators have declared that feminism is now irrelevant, and that we live in a “postfeminist” age. Others have mourned its passing as a vibrant social movement, while some younger feminists have defined their era as the “third wave” distinct from if not unrelated to the “second wave.” If feminism is dead, or more particularly, if particular forms of feminism are now in the past, how do they continue to appear and shape present feminist concerns and public discussions of gender, sexuality, class, and race? In this course we will chart some of the ways in which “second wave” feminism has been represented and remembered in both American mass culture and feminist and queer subcultures. The questions we will ask are: what stories about feminism and feminists have been told in American mass culture from the 1970s until the present? What is being forgotten? Are countermemories of the recent feminist past being produced that bring into question those stories, and if so what are they telling us about feminism and its relationship to gender, race, class and sexuality in contemporary American society? We will attempt to answer these and other questions by looking at a number of films and TV shows from the 1970s, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977), Maude (1972-1978), Foxy Brown (1974) and The Stepford Wives (1975), along with independent art films such as a/k/a Mrs George Gilbert (2004) and Shulie (1997). Along with our analysis of TV shows and films, we will also read essays and studies on cultural memory, U.S. popular culture, and feminist and critical race theory. May be repeated as the topic changes.

Prerequisite: WST major or minor, or WST 102 (formerly SSI/WST 102), or WST 103, or WST 301, or WST/PHI 284, or 6 credits of departmentally approved courses

Advisory Prerequisites: may be announced with topic

3 credits

SEM-S01 MW 5:30PM-6:50PM        EARTH&SPACE 181

                                                                V. HESFORD

WST 401 Seminar in Women's Studies: MATERNAL AND FETAL MEDICINE

Seminars on selected topics in women's studies. Semester supplements to this Bulletin contain specific description when course is offered. May be repeated as the topic changes.

Prerequisites: WST major or minor, or WST 102, or WST 103, or WST 301, or WST/PHI 284, or 6 credits of WST or related classes in other departments (approved list in the WST office); and at least one other course specified when the topic is announced

3 credits

SEM-S01 TUTH 10:00AM-11:20AM HSC 9-060

                                                                P. OBGURN

 WST 407 Senior Research Seminar for

Women's Studies Minors

An exploration of significant feminist scholarship in various disciplines designed for students who are majoring in disciplines other than women's studies. Seminar participants present and discuss reports on reading and research.

Prerequisites: WST 301; 15 credits of the Women's Studies minor

3 credits

SEM-S01 W 2:30PM-5:20PM           HUMANITIES 3008

                                                                R. DeLUCA

 

WST 408 Senior Research Seminar for Women's Studies Majors

An exploration of significant feminist scholarship in various disciplines, designed for senior women's studies majors. Seminar participants present and discuss reports on their reading and research.

Prerequisites: WST 305; 15 additional credits in the major; U4 standing; Women's Studies major

3 credits

SEM-S01 W 4:00PM-6:50PM           HARRIMAN HALL 115

                                                                L. DIEDRICH

 WST 447 Directed Readings in Women's Studies

Intensive readings in women's studies for qualified juniors and seniors under close supervision of a faculty instructor. Topic to be chosen in consultation with the faculty member. May be repeated once.

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor and Undergraduate Director

1-3 credits

by appointment                                   R. CALVIN

 

WST 475 Undergraduate Teaching

Practicum I

Students aid instructors and students in women's studies courses in one or several of the following ways: leading discussion sections, helping students improve writing and research skills, and library research. Students meet regularly with the supervising instructor.

Prerequisites: U3 or U4 standing; permission of Instructor; WST major or minor

3 credits, S/U grading

by appointment                                   R. CALVIN

 

WST 476 Undergraduate Teaching

Practicum in Women's Studies II

Work with a faculty member as an assistant in one of the faculty member's regularly scheduled classes. Students assume greater responsibility in such areas as leading discussions and analyzing results of tests that have already been graded. Students may not serve as teaching assistants in the same course twice.

Prerequisite: Permission of Department

3 credits, S/U grading

by appointment                                   R. CALVIN

 

WST 487 Independent Project in

Women's Studies

The design and conduct of a research project selected by the student and arranged by the student and the instructor. May be repeated once.

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor and

Undergraduate Director

0-6 credits

by appointment                                   R. CALVIN

 

WST 488 InternshipS

Women’s and Gender Studies offer a wide variety of internships that feature participation in public and private agencies and organizations on and off campus. Students are required to submit written reports on their experiences to the faculty sponsor and the women's studies program. For a complete list of potential internships, see the Program Advisor. May be repeated up to a limit of six credits

Prerequisites: Six credits toward the Women's

Studies minor; permission of Instructor and

Undergraduate Director

0-6 credits, S/U grading

by appointment                                   R. CALVIN

Upcoming Events

Spring 2012

Feminist Campus Colloquium

Salander/Blomkvist: Challenging Stereotypes in the Millennium Trilogy
Linda Stein
, artist, and Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor, Sociology

January 25, Wednesday 12:50 - 2:10 pm
Co-sponsored with the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook

Humanities 1006

 

 

Women's and Gender Studies • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5355 • Phone: 631.632.7460
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