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Women’s Studies Courses

WS/IDS 101
Defining Women: Landmark Issues in Women’s Studies
An introductory, interdisciplinary course examining how recent studies have changed traditional concepts of women and men. Drawing on materials from such fields as literature, history, anthropology, biology, psychology, sociology, religion, and the arts, and analyzing women’s emerging voices in the 20th century, WS 101 explores women’s experiences and the breadth of women’s achievements. Offered Selectively. Group: IDS.

IDS/WS 213/313
Women and Detective Fiction
This course presents a critical survey of the history and dynamic nature of the genre of detective fiction using psychological theory as the lens for examining women detective fiction writers and characters of detective fiction through the past two centuries. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of the detective as an archetypal hero or heroine. Offered selectively. Group: IDS.

WS/MU 240
Women in Music
This course is an elective for students with an interest in music or in Women’s Studies. Topics include: women as amateur and professional performers, teachers, patrons, composers, conductors and initiators of social change through music. The course considers the unique contributions of such outstanding women as Clara Schuman and Marian Anderson in classical music, Billie Holiday in jazz and Miriam Makeba in world music. We will also consider the role of women in folk music, rock music, rap music and music videos. Spring, alternate years. Group: IV or IDS.

WS/PS 245
Women and the Law
This course examines the law and its impact on the lives of American women. The course explores the principles and processes of legal decision making and considers how laws have been used to both expand and contract the rights of women. The effect of legal status on women’s daily experience is examined and critiqued. Readings from both legal and non-legal texts illustrate the relationship between law and culture and provide a basis for examining the law as an instrument of social policy. Spring, alternate years.