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150

WMST 150. Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Interdisciplinary introduction to the major theories, themes, methodologies, and issues of women's studies. Emphasis in the social sciences.

211

WMST 211. Women In Judaism. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
Survey of Jewish texts and films that focus specifically on women or use feminine imagery; considers feminist and historical-critical interpretations of the evolving role of Jewish women. Crosslisted as RELI 211.

212

WMST 212. Southern Exposure. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Twentieth-century literature of the American South. Probes the legacy of a culture that celebrated honor, but was built on slavery. Crosslisted as ENGL 211.

219

WMST 219. Contemporary Religion: Race, Gender, and Sexuality. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Through historical, political, and sociological analysis, this course will study how sexuality, race, and gender issue are affecting contemporary religious thought. Crosslisted as RELI 219.

220

WMST 220. Introduction to Feminist Theory in Practice. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Explore the broad range of work that lays the intellectual and theoretical groundwork for contemporary feminist theory and politics, while providing student opportunities to experience such work critically through service learning experiences in the community. Prerequisite: WMST 150 or permission of the instructor.

221

WMST 221. Passion/Perversion: Japan Film. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:3
A discussion class in which numerous modern Japanese films are used to explore the representation of desire, both passionate and perverse. WARNING: explicit sexual content. Crosslisted as EAST 222.

222

WMST 222. Queer Studies. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Fall Semester; Lecture hours:3
This course examines social construction frameworks for analyzing contemporary sexualities, gendered identities, and the discourses and practices that maintain them. It introduces students to queer theory and its application to a variety of political and cultural fields.

224

WMST 224. African Political Economy. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Analysis of topics in films and novels by Ousmane Sembene: pre-colonial history, colonialism, post-colonial independence, racial and gender oppression, worker exploitation, religious conflict, and modernization. Prerequisite: ECON 103. Crosslisted as ECON 224.

227

WMST 227. Race and Sexuality. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the constructions of and intersections between race and sexuality. It also investigates the ways that these identities/locations have informed understanding of inequality in the U.S.

228

WMST 228. Gender and Sexuality in America. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Literature and popular culture exploring such topics as construction of gender identities, sexualities, GLBT cultures and gender-based violence. Crosslisted as ENGL 228.

230

WMST 230. Feminist Philosophy. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
An examination of feminist philosophy primarily as it occurs in the U.S. from the late 18th century to the present. Prerequisite: PHIL 100 or WMST 150 or permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as PHIL 230.

231

WMST 231. Psychology of Women. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Considers experiences of girls and women, gender differences, attitudes toward women, and issues of particular concern to women such as domestic violence, body image, and sexual assault. Crosslisted as PSYC 232.

232

WMST 232. Gender and Sexuality in South Asia. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Explores issues of gender and sexuality in South Asia, primarily India and Sri Lanka. Topics include marriage, family, life cycle, religion and nationalism. Crosslisted as ANTH 232.

233

WMST 233. Global Feminism and Religion. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the relationship between developments in feminist thought and movements in various parts of the world and the array of religious ideologies and practices in those societies. Crosslisted as RELI 233.

236

WMST 236. Unemployment and Poverty. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A study of the causes of unemployment and poverty in the United States and policies to generate full employment and eliminate poverty. Prerequisite: ECON 236 or permission of the instructor.

237

WMST 237. Ethnicity, Gender, and Identity in Antiquity. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Ancient Greek and Roman perceptions, both social and biological, of gender (including sexuality) and ethnicities. Includes discussion of the social position of women and other marginal members of society in antiquity. Crosslisted as CLAS 237.

238

WMST 238. Women and Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
An analysis of women and politics generally with specific focus on feminism and its relationship to political discourse and political action. Crosslisted as POLS 238.

239

WMST 239. Queering (Christian) Theology. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the relationship between queer theories, sexuality studies, and Christian theology. In addition to the concepts of gender, race and sexuality, it offers a survey of major topics in Christian thought, including God, love, justice, sin, and salvation. Crosslisted as RELI 239.

241

WMST 241. Women in Chinese Literature. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course examines various modes of representation of women in Chinese literature to understand China's literary past from a women-centered point of view. Crosslisted as EAST 241.

248

WMST 248. Religions of the African Diaspora. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the historical development of African-derived or African-inspired religions in the African diaspora, including in the United States. It also examines the expansion and appropriation of major world religions into particular African diaspora communities. Crosslisted as RELI 248.

251

WMST 251. Women and Development. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the relationship between women and development, as an ideological, economic, political, and social enterprise. Crosslisted as ANTH 251.

253

WMST 253. Gender and Migration. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Role of gender in internal and international migration flows; economic restructuring; state policies; transnational domestic laborers and sex workers; and migration effects. Prerequisite: ECON 103. Crosslisted as ECON 253.

254

WMST 254. Sex and Social Order. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Analysis of connections between sex and social structure to determine how our understanding of sexuality is implicated in our political system, economy, and cultural ideology. Crosslisted as POLS 254.

263

WMST 263. Sex and the Single Heroine. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Introduction to the 18th-century novel, focusing on issues of gender, sexuality, and class, in a wide range of novels and contemporary conduct books. Crosslisted as ENGL 263.

265

WMST 265. Controversies in Art. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An investigation of philosophical issues related to various controversies in the art world and in aesthetics more generally. Prerequisite: PHIL 100 , WMST 150, ARTH 207 or ARTH 208. Crosslisted as ARTH 265 and PHIL 265.

270

WMST 270. Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
A course on special topics of interest to faculty members, offered occasionally. Subject varies.

271

WMST 271. Dance and Culture. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An exploration of dance as a cultural practice. Topics include: the body and movement; gender and sexuality; race and ethnicity; colonialism and nationalism; aesthetics, ritual and healing; globalization; representation. Crosslisted as ANTH 271.

273

WMST 273. Women Writing Culture. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the genre of ethnography as it has been used to examine women's lives and issues of gender around the world.

275

WMST 275. South Africa: Social Entrepreneurship. 1 Credit.

Offered Summer Session Only; Lecture hours:15
The course examines the legacy of apartheid and the role of social entrepreneurship in transforming communities. Students are placed in community organizations in nearby townships. May be crosslisted as ECON 270, MGMT 270, OR PSYC 270. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

290

WMST 290. Gender Issues in Education. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
An examination of how gender affects the teaching-learning process with an emphasis on theory, curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. Prerequisite: EDUC 201 or permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as EDUC 290.

315

WMST 315. Unsettling Memories. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Cultural analysis of unsettling, historically powerful racial ideas about purity and pollution written on the "lady's" and "black" bodies in 20th-century Southern fiction and photography. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as ENGL 315.

318

WMST 318. Economic History of Women in the United States. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Examination of the history of women in the U.S. economy, with particular attention to racial-ethnic and class differences among women. Both neoclassical economics and political economy are utilized to analyze the economic status of women. Crosslisted as ECON 319. Prerequisites: ECON 256 or ECON 257 or ECON 258 or ECON 259 and permission of the instructor. Preference given to ECON and ECMA majors.

319

WMST 319. Independent Studies. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:3; Repeatable
Independent study supervised by a Women's and Gender Studies faculty member. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

320

WMST 320. Independent Studies. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:3; Repeatable
Independent study supervised by Women's and Gender Studies faculty member. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

324

WMST 324. Geographies of Identity. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Who are "we"? Seminar considers role of space in constituting society around the world. Explores nationalism, globalization, multiculturalism, citizenship, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, disability.

325

WMST 325. History of Sexuality. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A cross-cultural and interdisciplinary examination of the signification of sexuality in literature, philosophy, scientific discourse, and the visual arts. Crosslisted as ENGL 394 and HUMN 320.

328

WMST 328. Mating and Marrying in America. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This is a course on changing patterns in American courtship (dating), marriage, and family life from the 20th to the 21st century. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as SOCI 328.

332

WMST 332. Women and the Penal System. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course offers an exploration into the interface between inequality, crime, punishment, and justice, with an emphasis on women in the United States; the course is populated by both Bucknell students and incarcerated students at a nearby women's prison. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Not open to first-year students. Crosslisted as SOCI 332.

333

WMST 333. Black Feminism. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the context, development, and outcomes of black feminists in the United States during the second half of the 20th century.

334

WMST 334. Women in Antiquity. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Seminar-style examination of the lives of women in antiquity both real and imagined, as attested in a variety of ancient media. Crosslisted as CLAS 334. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

341

WMST 341. Transnational Queer Identities. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course examines, critiques, and interrogates notions of what is Queer as constructed in, and through, France and North America. Readings and discussions in English. Crosslisted as UNIV 341.

370

WMST 370. Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Advanced course on special topics of interest to faculty members, offered occasionally. Subject varies.

371

WMST 371. Dance, Culture and Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An exploration of dance as cultural and political practice. Topics include: colonialism; the politics of tradition; gender, ethnicity, and nationalism; dance and violence. Prerequisites: not open to first-year students or students who have taken ANTH 271 or WMST 271 Dance and Culture. Crosslisted as UNIV 371.

390

WMST 390. Honors in Women's and Gender Studies. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Individual, special projects supervised by instructor, culminating in honors thesis. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

3NT

WMST 3NT. WMST Non-traditional Study. .5-1 Credits.

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:Varies; Repeatable
Non-traditional study in WMST. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

400

WMST 400. Advanced Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
The seminar will focus on the production of an independent research project by each student, with common readings on the practice of feminist scholarship. Students will develop and give formal presentations of their projects. Prerequisites: open to seniors, juniors by permission, WMST 150 and WMST 220 or WMST 230/PHIL 230.

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