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Gender Studies Course Descriptions

CAS 270 - Communication and Gender. A study and Christian evaluation of the relations between communication and gender, especially in interpersonal relationships, family, business, religious organizations, and educational institutions and religious settings.

ENGL 234 - Gender and Literature. This course provides an introduction to women's literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. Of course, given the diversity and scope of this literature, it is an impossible task to attempt to cover more than a small fraction of this material. And so, we will focus our attention primarily on the traditions of women's literature in Britain -- with one foray into North America. We will be paying particular attention to the novel as one of the dominant forms of women's literature, particularly from the 18th century onwards. We'll also trace the ways in which these women writers see themselves within the larger literary tradition as well as the ways in which they respond to their fellow women writers and/or to issues of gender. In what ways can we argue for a category "women's lit"? What about issues of canonicity? What do each of these women say about the role of women in society? In what ways do they agree or disagree? How does this literature shape the ways we might imagine ourselves and our gendered experiences as men and women?

FREN 374 - Women and Gender in French Literature and Culture. An introduction to women's writing from the Middle Ages to the present. Conducted mainly in French. Prerequisite: French 301 or 302, French 351 recommended.

GER 372 - Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins. This course looks at German cultural history through the eyes of the outsider. Defining "outsider" as anyone marginalized because of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or native language, course materials focus on the nature of exclusion, resistance, and the way German cultural history and national identity have been shaped by voices traditionally outside of the "Leikultur" (normative or mainstream culture). Perspectives addressed will include the experiences of women, Jews, Turks, Afro-Germans, Muslims and other minority groups. Prerequisite: German 301, 302 or 303.

HIST 376 - Studies in the History of Women and Gender. An introduction to topics in the history of women and to the use of gender as a category of historical analysis. This course examines experiences unique to women, as well as the social history of male-female interactions (in such institutions as the family, the church, and the political sphere) and the changing perceptions of masculinity and femininity in various historical contexts. This course serves as an elective in both History and Gender Studies. 

PHIL 211 - Philosophy of Gender. Have you ever found yourself wondering why men are so weird, or why women make no sense? Come and take this course and explore the various explanations of our experiences of gender. We'll study biological, social-construction, and existential accounts of sex and gender, and think together about how they might fit with Christian beliefs.

PSYCH 222 - Human Sexuality and Gender. This course explores the ways that sexuality and gender have been studied as variables in psychological research and theory. Special attention will be given to recent theories of physiological and cultural influences on men’s and women’s development. Biblical and popular perspectives on sexuality and gender issues will be examined, and promises and problems in gender relations will also be studied. Prerequisite: Psychology 151 or permission of the instructor.

REL 313 - When Women Read the Old Testament. This course is the special topic for the Current Issues in Old Testament Studies course. In the last two decades, biblical interpretation by women and about women has blossomed and made significant contributions to the field of biblical studies. This course will study feminist approaches to the Old Testament and examine key passages relating to gender issues. Prerequisite: 121 or an intermediate biblical studies course.

SOC 250 - Diversity and Inequality in N. A. Society. This course analyzes the social meanings of our various identities (i.e., race-ethnicity, class, and gender); how these identities affect our self-concepts; and the impact of these identities upon our social and societal relationships. The primary objective of this course is to study the social definitions of gender, race, and class; to examine the impact of these social constructs on human behavior, identity, and interactions with other persons; to develop a sociological understanding of the nature of structured inequality, and patterns of discrimination; to become familiar with social-scientific methods appropriate for the study of diversity and inequality; and to understand the promise and challenge of biblical reconciliation for seeing ourselves as image bearers of God and for easing the social tensions associated with diversity and inequality in the United States.

IDIS 394 - Seminar in Gender Studies. An integrative course that builds on previous work in the minor, focusing particularly on current research, theory, and controversies in the field. Special attention will be paid to nurturing mature Christian thinking on gender issues.