Women's Studies Course Descriptions

PSY 180 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN

Examination of the biological, social and cultural influence on the psychological development of women. Focus on the vital issues that modern women face daily in a rapidly changing world. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

PHI 245 PHILOSOPHY AND WOMEN

Feminism is a politicized concept in our society. Does it claim that women are different and/or superior to men? Does it deny objective criteria to knowing and doing in favor of emotional ones? Can men be feminists? Has feminism outlived its usefulness and is its job done? Beginning with an exploration of the social construction of gender, this course will trace out how this construction affects philosophical thought and practice. In addition, it will provide an introductory survey of current feminist issues and analyses. Finally it will examine the meaning of feminism for philosophy — what are the effects of an essentially political and psychological analysis of gender upon a discipline that is supposedly universal and neutral. Recommended: any core course in philosophy or PSY 180. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

SOC 246 SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER

Introductory review of economic, social and cultural changes that have modified the traditional definitions of femininity and masculinity in Western societies. Discussions include: socialization, sexual behavior, marriage and alternative life styles. Prerequisite: SOC 100, SOC 133 or SOC 136. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ART 220 WOMEN IN THE HISTORY OF ART

This art history course traces the art of women artists from the Renaissance to the present. Focusing on the contributions of a selection of women artists, the course provides a broad overview of their achievements. The course includes illustrated lectures, library research and trips to local museums. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

RS 144 WOMEN IN THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN TRADITION

This course seeks to examine the contributions as well as the contemporary understandings of women in life, theology and ministry. The course will also endeavor to present the contributions of women in the search for God in theology and spirituality. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

PSY 350 HUMAN SEXUALITY

Examination of the biological, behavioral and cultural aspects of human sexuality with emphasis on current research. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Students may not take CH 407 Human Sexuality in Health and Disease. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

PHI 255 MODERN PHILOSOPHY

Modern politics, science and technology directly challenged the older and established traditions of the ancient and medieval times. Each raised anxiety concerning what can be known with certainty about ourselves and the world and even things divine. What is the best way to live? And are we, as moderns, better off or not? Enlightened or not? These and other questions will be examined through a study of Machiavelli, Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Locke, Kant and Hegel. Recommended: either PHI 124, PHI 154 or department approval. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

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