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Gender Studies Classes

Gender Studies Classes

Spring 2018

  • Cross-Cultural Issues in Business Communication (BUSI 4333-01, on campus, TTh 9:30am-11am, CC227; and BUSI 4333-70, online). Instructor: Alison Berry
  • Women Writers in Latin America (Spanish 4355, TTh 11am-12:15pm, CC 311). Instructor: Andrew Reynolds - This course will explore Latin American women writers from colonialism to the present. We will discuss complications of colonialism, nationalism, indigenous rights, gender equality, and border tensions, all from the diverse and varying perspectives of Latin American women authors. The course will be taught completely in Spanish.

  • Diversity Management (MGT 4333/5333, MW 1:30pm-2:45pm, CC217), Instructor: Andrew Li - This course covers diversity in the workplace, with half of the semester focusing specifically on the topic of gender and its implications at work, including women's participation in the workforce and the challenges they face; gender tokenism; gender and socialization processes; gender and careers; gender and leadership; and sexual harassment. Open to non-business majors.

  • US Women’s History (HIST 3320-70, online). Instructor: Jean Stuntz - This course examines women in the US from pre-history to the present.

  • African American Art and Visual Culture  (ARTS 4370-02, TTh 4pm-5:15pm, N189). Instructor: Amy Von Lintel - This course will focus on black and African American artistic production in the 20th century, and will explore the intersectional issues of gender and race in modern America.

  • Aesthetics of Modern Architecture (ARTS 4370-01, MW 11am-12:15pm, N189). Instructor: Amy Von Lintel - This course explores architecture as a means of shaping human space, and will therefore focus in part on issues of  gender, race, class, and ethnicity as they have shaped and been shaped by architectural forms.

Fall 2017

  • Introduction to Gender Studies (GNDR 3301, MW 1:30-2:45), Instructor: Bonnie Roos - This is a required course for students pursuing the Gender Studies Certificate, but is also open to any student with an interest in the topic.
     
  • Costumes and Styles (THRE 4342-01, TTh 9:30-10:15), Instructor: Anne Medlock - This course uses campus resources as direct primary sources for the study of historical clothing, architectural and interior design, furniture and product design. Because of the use of local resources, there will be an emphasis on styles from the American West, but there will also be a strong gender studies focus to the class; students will learn how clothing and design are gendered given their function for human use and human identity construction. The course is primarily designed for theatre students studying set and costume design, but it can be widely applicable for any student wishing to learn skills in research, writing, and critical thinking in light of material and visual culture, including students of history, art history, studio art, art education, and gender studies.
     
  • Diversity Management (MGT 4333/5333, MW 11:00am-12:15pm), Instructor: Andrew Li - This course covers diversity in the workplace, with half of the semester focusing specifically on the topic of gender and its implications at work, including women's participation in the workforce and the challenges they face; gender tokenism; gender and socialization processes; gender and careers; gender and leadership; and sexual harassment. Open to non-business majors.
     
  • New Spain from Pre-History to 1810 (HIST 3363.70, web-based)  Instructor Jean Stuntz - Political, social, cultural, and economic history of Mexico from prehistory to independence. The latter part of the course, especially, will include the role of women in colonization and a gender analysis of the Spanish empire and Native Americans.
     
  • Gender Communication (COMM 3370-01, MW 1:30-2:45), Instructor: Paula Schlegel—The purpose of this course is to explore communication about men and women. The emphasis is on describing this communication rather than evaluating it. By better understanding communication similarities and differences, students will develop more versatile communication choices and better manage high quality interpersonal relationships in a variety of social and professional contexts.
     
  • History of Photography (ARTS 4371-02, TTh 4:00-5:15), Instructor: Amy Von Lintel--The artistic and technological medium of photography has been closely interconnected with human identity since its invention in 1839. This course will take a particular focus on themes of identity construction--including gender and sexuality, as well as race, class, and nationality--through the "lens" of photography (pun intended). 
     
  • History of American Art (ARTS 4371-01, MW 4:30-5:45), Instructor: Michael Grauer--In its narratives on American art, this course will especially explore the construction of masculinities and femininities in high and low visual culture--including cowboys and "cowboy girls," gender roles and stereotypes within Native American cultures, and pioneering mythologies have played out in gendered ways in the construction of the US as a nation.

Classes - Spring 2017

  • Advanced Texas History (HIST 4316, MW 3:00-4:15pm, OM 203), Instructor: Jean Stuntz - This course will look at race and gender throughout Texas History.

  • US Women's History (HIST 1302, American 1877 to present), Instructor: Jean Stuntz
     
  • Cross-Cultural Issues in Business Communication (BUSI 4333-01, T/Th 9:30-10:45am, and BUSI 4333-70, online), Instructor: Alison Berry - In this course, gender is explored as different cultures are analyzed within a business context. Gender issues are discussed within cultural taxonomies, a healthcare context, as well as differences in nonverbal communication. Open to non-business majors.
     
  • Diversity Management (MGT 4333/5333, MW 11:00am-12:15pm), Instructor: Andrew Li - This course covers diversity in the workplace, with half of the semester focusing specifically on the topic of gender and its implications at work, including women's participation in the workforce and the challenges they face; gender tokenism; gender and socialization processes; gender and careers; gender and leadership; and sexual harassment. Open to non-business majors.
     
  • Gender Communication (COMM 3370, T 6:00-8:40pm), Instructor: Paula Schlegel - This course explores communication about men and women as well as communication between men and women. Topics include gender differences, images of gender in mass media, and gender images shaped by language. Students are encouraged to understand gender as a social/psychological construct, and as more than biological determinations.
     
  • Spanish Literature (SPAN 4365, T/Th 1:30-2:45pm), Instructor: Andy Reynolds - In this class, the representation of gender will be a topic of class discussion for the works of literature covered. In particular, the works of women, gay, and lesbian writers will be discussed in ways that complicate traditional gender norms. Taught in Spanish, but open to non-majors.
     
  • Hispanic Writers in the U.S. (SPAN 4375, T/Th 11:00am-12:15pm), Instructor: Andy Reynolds - As with SPAN 4365, this course will explore the representation of gender as a topic of class discussion, with a partial emphasis on the works of women, gay, and lesbian writers that complicate traditional gender norms. Taught in Spanish, but open to non-majors.
     
  • Women of Color and Political Communication (SOCI 3392-01, MWF 10:00-10:50am), Instructor: Lisa Garza - This course examines the roles, conflict, and success of women of color in major social movements, and, in particular, women who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, the Chicano Movement, the Black Power Movement, the American Indian Movement, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the Fair Immigration Movement. The social forces that led to the organization and mobilization of these movements will also be analyzed and compared to the current state of activism.

Classes - Fall 2016

  • Introduction to Gender Studies (GNDR 3301/ARTS 6395, Tues/Thurs. 4:00-5:15pm), Instructor: Amy Von Lintel -
    This is a required course for students pursuing the Gender Studies Certificate, but is also open to any student with an interest in the topic. The ARTS 6395 is a graduate level section of the course.
     
  • Gender Communication (COMM 3370-01), Instructor: Paula Schelgel
     
  • Organizational Communication (COMM 3331), Instructor: Kris Drumheller - This course is a survey of organizational communication strategies with a focus on leadership. As part of this focus, the importance of understanding social identity will be at the forefront of each lesson. Diversity in all its forms will be addressed with particular attention on gender and sexual identity and expressions.
     
  • Latino/Latina Communication (COMM 3392-01), Instructor: George Pacheco - This course takes an intercultural focus and uses not only the lens of gender but also the lens of intercultural communication to analyze current practices found in Hispanic communities.
     
  • World Masterpieces (ENGL 3383-01), Instructor: Bonnie Roos - This course focuses on the World Epic, an area often dominated by male themes and male writers. We will consider masculinist genres, themes and writers, as well as some female writers. Discussion of gender and sexuality is visible in virtually every text we consider. The course primarily constitutes a critique and analysis of patriarchal and heterosexist western and non-western paradigms.

Other Past Classes Offered

  • Social Justice: Change the World (SOCI 3392) – This course is based on social movements and Dr. Garza will introduce case studies from the 1950s through the 1970s. Topics will range from the Civil Rights Movement to the Anti-War Movement. Students also will explore current events and issues while learning about solutions and mobilization.
     
  • Representations of Gender in Latin America (SPAN 3314) – This course will explore the representations and complexities of gender throughout Latin American history, culture and art beginning with the pre-Colombian periods through the present.
  • Spanish Film: Images of Women in Iberian Culture(s) (SPAN 4385) Note: class discussion will be in Spanish and films will be in Spanish, Catalan, or English but will always have English or Spanish subtitles.
    A survey of Spanish and Catalan films focusing on representation of women in movies. This course explores the development of Spanish cinema from the end of the 19th through 21st century. A survey of Spanish cinema from the early beginnings of the silent movies to the most international English speaking movies was selected. Important figures such as Luis Buñuel, Luis García Berlanga, Juan Antonio Bardem, Victor Erice, Carlos Saura, Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar, Icíar Bollaín, Isabel Coixet, and others are studied. The film selection aims to portrait and analyze the representations of women’s roles and rights in Spanish cinematography.
     
  • Aesthetics of Gender and Identity (ARTS 4370-01), Instructor: Amy Von Lintel - This course explores theories and practices of identity politics through the lens of art and visual culture. It is not be a historical survey of gender in art across time, but instead a topically and thematically oriented course. It requires no prerequisite for enrollment and can be taken as an upper-level elective by any student interested in the visual languages and manifestations of identity. 
     
  • Women's History (HIST 1302-09), Instructor: Jean Stuntz - This course is a survey in American history with a particular focus on women's roles in the following topics: settlement of the last West; economic revolution; social, economic and political consequences of industrialism; emergence of the United States as a world power; development of American culture. 
  • LGBTQIA Politics & History (POSC 4392), Instructor: Anand Commissiong - This course examines the history and politics of the LGBTQIA movement(s) in America. We will study historical, legal, religious, and theoretical perspectives to uncover the various challenges faced and contributions made by LGBTQIA people in America.
  • Modernism in Literature and Art (ARTS 3392, ENGL 4323)
  • Literary Analysis (ENGL 3380)
  • Shakespeare (ENGL 4352)
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Ancient Greek Literature (ENGL 4392)
  • Literary London (ENGL 4392)
  • Women's History (HIST 3320-70)
  • US History 1789-1860 (HIST 3311)
  • Religion and Politics (POSC 3315-70)
  • Sociology of the Family (SOCI 4311-70)
  • Racial and Cultural Minorities (SOCI 4321-70)
  • Sociology of Gender Roles (4325)
  • Latin American Culture (SPAN 3314)
  • Spanish American Literature (SPAN 4355)
  • Women in Criminal Justice (CRIJ/SOCI 3382)
  • British History (HIST 3337)

WTAMU Gender Studies Certificate Program