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The courses listed below are for the 2012-13 Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.
Required Courses 3 credit hours
Introduction to Women's StudiesWST 200
This course will explore womenÕs status worldwide. A key area of focus is to understand the impact of gender inequality. Gender inequality is still quite profound and has enormous implications for women everywhere. This course will explore how gender inequality arises from traditional cultural practicesÑpractices that have been embedded in social, economic, political, and legal systems and require targeted activism to change. The course will also examine intersections between gender and other variables such as race, class, and sexual orientation. The course will draw on research and theory from psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, religion, political science, medicine, literature, public health, history, philosophy, and law.
Women's Studies Electives 15 credit hours
The Female of the Species: A Biocultural, Anthropological PerspectiveANT 370
William Peace University is dedicated to helping women develop to their fullest potential. But what does it mean to be a human female? To fully understand the human femaleÐin terms of their various roles and physical features across culturesÐan evolutionary, cross-cultural view is needed: How are we like, unlike other mammals and, most especially, our nonhuman primate relatives? What happened in the course of evolution to make us the way we are? Is the ÒmotherÓ role instinctual? Does itÐ and our other rolesÐvary across cultures today, and, if so, what factors (biological and cultural) might be responsible for this variation? This course gives students a chance to explore these questions through readings, videos, and discussions in which we examine data from nonhuman primates, the fossil record, archaeological remains of past human societies, and ethnographic research on recent and contemporary human societies. We also examine contemporary issues, such as social inequality, female infanticide, arranged marriages, genital mutilation, and ÒhonorÓ murder, which affect millions of women in various parts of the world. No matter your major, this course will allow you to better understand yourself and your sistersÐno matter where they liveÐas well as the problems women face in the world today.
Women on StageENG 325
The lines between queens and ÒqueansÓ (Renaissance slang for prostitutes), actresses and courtesans, singers and scandal makers has always disturbed the (mostly male) writers and lawmakers attempting to regulate the spectacle of a woman displaying herself in public during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Examining plays and other texts from the time when boys took female roles through the introduction of the actress to the public theatres, this course will interrogate the social, political, artistic, and moral implications of women on stage.
The Image of WomenENG 374
This course examines the expression of womenÕs experiences and perspectives in various forms: poetry, the short story, the essay, the manifesto, autobiography, and the visual arts, with a focus on literature. Topics covered include the search for identity, gynocentrism, first, second, third wave, and third world feminism.
Political LeadershipPSC 311
What does it take to be an effective political leader? How can you become a political leaderÑat the local, state, or even national level? This course examines theories of effective political leadership. It also helps students develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for contemporary political leaders. Even if you do not see yourself ever seeking appointed or elected office, taking this course will help you better understand the challenges and opportunities that political leaders face. POLITICAL
Human Sexuality and GenderPSY 375
If you think you already know everything there is to know about the Òbirds and the bees,Ó fasten your seatbelt for a wild ride through human sexuality! The more knowledge you have about your body, your sexual and reproductive functioning, and the factors that influence sexual development, such as gender roles, beauty expectations, and fertility, the more likely you will be able to sustain good health and functioning. This course will also explore controversial topics such as sex education, abortion, sexual orientation, sex work, and sexual coercion.