Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Courses in Gender and Women's Studies (WMS)

WMS 100 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies 4cr

This course is a survey course focusing on women's lives and experiences. Students will explore a range of issues common to all women, including reproductive rights, images of women and work, and how these differ by race and class. Theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to the critical examination of women's realities will be introduced. This course will build a foundation for further courses in the Women's Studies major.
Triad: Social Science

REL/WMS 112 Women and Global Religious Traditions 4cr

Women and men are invited to explore religions through the experience of contemporary women from a variety of religious traditions. Much of religious history and theology has been recounted through the experiences of males. When women talk about religious experience, do any different issues or interpretations surface? Can or should men and women bridge the gaps that often separate their experiences of religion? Emphasis of the course is on first person narratives and the students' creative exploration of their own spirituality as gendered beings.
Triad: Philosophy/Religion

SOC/WMS 211 The Family 4cr

This course is a comparative study of the family as a social institution and as the most intimate environment of interpersonal relations. The course focuses on social and economic factors causing changes in family patterns and on the roles and relationships of marriage and child-rearing.
Triad: Social Science

HIS/WMS 230 Women in American History 4cr * (2006-07)

The course examines the social history of women in the United States from the colonial period to the present. The course explores how such issues as race, region, ethnicity, and politics have shaped women's lives and how women, in turn, have shaped their lives in response to these issues. From examining women's history and arguing about its meaning, students should gain a richer understanding of women's experience and a new perspective on American history.
Triad: History/Political Science

ENG/WMS 254 Gender Issues in the Nineteenth Century 4cr **

This course concerns the controversial redefining of gender roles, for both women and men, that took place in the nineteenth century. In order to explore the cultural concerns about gender that perplexed and sometimes polarized society, students will read a variety of literary works and cultural documents as they assess the complex matrix of cultural attitudes out of which evolved those dominant conceptions of manhood and womanhood that determine common modern constructions of gender.
Triad: Literature
ENG/WMS 254 counts towards the Women's Studies major.

PHI/WMS 258 Feminist Philosophy 4cr

This course will investigate several historical and contemporary feminist philosophical perspectives with the aim of enabling the student not only to work critically through some important feminist critiques, but also to appreciate the diversity of feminist thought.
Triad: Philosophy/Religion

ENG/WMS 273 Literature by Women 4cr

This course focuses on English-language poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction prose by women, and examines the aesthetic, social, and historical contexts in which these writings took place. Our readings stretch from the Middle Ages to the present and represent writers primarily from England and the United States, but also from several other countries around the world.
Triad: Literature course
ENG/WMS 273 counts toward the Women's Studies major.

WMS 290-298 Special Topics in Gender and Women's Studies 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the discipline of Women's Studies. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

WMS 299 Independent Study 1-- 4cr

REL/WMS 313 Goddess Traditions 4cr

Even before written history, humans have tried to understand the holy in relation to a feminine creatrix and destroyer who is intimately related to the cycles of earth: the Goddess. This course examines the Goddess as she was known in Greco-Roman culture, Celtic and Germanic traditions, and the ways she is re-emerging in contemporary American spirituality. Attention will focus on history, mythology, and ritual. Whenever possible and appropriate, students will do their own experiential research.
Triad: Philosophy/Religion or College Composition II

ODL/WMS 325 Women's Voices in Experiential Education 4cr

This course is taught in a seminar format, involving students in the exploration of feminist theory and practice as it relates to experiential education and outdoor adventure education. Through readings, discussions, speakers, presentations, and an overnight retreat, students explore feminist perspectives of outdoor leadership, the historical contributions of women, and some current issues and concerns of women in the field.
Prerequisite: Sophomore or junior standing.

SOC/WMS 325 Gender, Development, and the Environment 4cr

This course will examine changes in gender relations and the lives of women in developing countries that are due to the development process and their incorporation into global economic and political systems. Special focus is given on the interconnection of gender issues, development, and environmental problems in developing countries.
Triad: Social Science or Language/Global Issues

SOC/WMS 366 Feminist Thought 4cr

Feminist thought is not one unified body, but has many influences and debates within it. In this course students will explore the development of feminist thought, examine the key debates among feminists, see how theory is applied to action through particular case studies, and learn how feminism has influenced the course of other social sciences and methodologies.
Triad: Social Science
Prerequisites: WMS 100 Introduction to Women's Studies and junior or senior standing.

WMS 390-398 Special Topics in Gender and Women's Studies 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Women's Studies. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

WMS 399 Independent Study 1-- 4cr

WMS 401 From Patriarchy to Partnership 4cr * (2005-06)

This course explores fundamental questions of social organization. The focus is on gender relations as one of the key foundations of social structure, and the inquiry revolves around considerations of origins and definitions of patriarchy, transformation of gender relations and societal organization, and how each individual fits into the partnership transformation. This course serves as the capstone seminar for women's studies majors and minors. Accordingly, independent research is a major component of this cumulative requirement.
Triad: Social Science
Prerequisite: WMS 100 Introduction to Women's Studies and WMS 366 Feminist Thought

SOC/WMS 402 Sociology/Anthropology Research Craft 4cr

This course will cover research methods specific to both sociology and anthropology through directed readings, lectures, and projects designed to prepare the student for the applied research undertaken in SOC 410. Focus will be on field research, field notes, methods of ethnographic documenting, in-depth interviewing, content analysis, and questionnaire development.
Prerequisite: SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology or ANT 200 Introduction to Anthropology.

ART/WMS 408 Women's Artistic Vision 4cr

This course is designed to discover and discuss the work of women artists. In addition to readings, research, and presentations students will create their own artwork.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

SOC/WMS 410 Directed Research in Sociology/Anthropology 4cr

Students will present a research proposal and engage in applied research. Students' work could be used in the following ways: by agencies in planning or policy development; in articles published for educational purposes; and for cultural documentation for museums, historical associations, communities and/or ethnic groups.
Triad: College Composition II
Prerequisites: SOC 402 Sociology/Anthropology Research Craft and approval from the social sciences internal ethical review board..

WMS 479 Supervised Internship 1-16cr

The internship is a supervised work experience in an approved setting. One academic credit may be earned for each 40 hours of work in the internship placement.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and departmental approval, prior to registration, of a written proposal that describes in detail the activities and educational objectives of the intern. Application materials may be obtained from Women's Studies faculty members.

WMS 490-498 Special Topics in Gender and Women's Studies 2-4cr

In-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Women's Studies. May be repeated for credit under different topics.

WMS 499 Independent Study 1-4cr