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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Women's Studies (WMNST)

WMNST 106 (GH;US;IL) Representing Women and Gender in Literature, Art and Popular Cultures (3) Interdisciplinary consideration of primary works and scholarship pertaining to women in the humanities and the arts.

WMNST 106 Representing Women and Gender in Literature, Art and Popular Cultures (3)
(GH;US;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This is an introductory survey course that fulfills general education requirements in humanities and international and intercultural competence. The course is also a prerequisite for upper level women's studies courses. Women's Studies 003 examines the experiences, achievements and status of women in the humanities and the arts. The course provides a broad interdisciplinary overview of scholarly research and theory pertaining to women and gender. Students acquire an expanded framework for responding to the humanities and integrating knowledge from other courses in the humanities and the arts.

Topics studied may include the creation of patriarchy, international women's movements in the 19th and 20th centuries, cross-cultural examinations of women's religious roles, women's spirituality and religious expression, and an overview of women in literature and in elite, popular and folk arts. Other topics may include religious witch-hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries (as the expression of misogyny and ethnic bias), and developing an appreciation for aesthetic objects from various media and ethnic origins (such as Pueblo pottery, Amish quilts, Black sculpture, Hispanic painting, Appalachian music, Jewish poetry, Chinese American fiction).

The course will focus primarily upon the United States with concerted diligence to include examples of work made by a wide diversity of aesthetically creative women differing by race, class, ethnicity, national origin and sexual orientation. Women's Studies 003 is therefore both interdisciplinary (drawing information and readings from literature and languages; art history, popular and folk arts; religion and philosophy; history, psychology, sociology) and broadly inclusive (addressing at all times the relationships among gender and class, ethnicity, national origin and sexual orientation).

Depending on the location teaching the course, class meetings may be a mixture of lectures, group discussions, individual and group exercises, films, and guest speakers. Assigned readings and class meetings may be designed to help students reassess predominant modes of thought and to give students tools to appreciate the creative work of highly diverse women. Depending again upon location, evaluation methods will include a balanced selection from among short papers, longer research papers, journals, book reviews, quizzes, exams, group assignments and other creative activities.


General Education: GH
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2013

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.