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Old Dominion University

2014-2015 Catalog

WMST - Women's Studies

WOMEN'S STUDIES Courses

WMST 201S. Introduction to Women's Studies. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's studies, drawing on materials from the social sciences. Topics include the social construction of gender, cross-cultural variations in women's lives, media representations, work, health, women's roles in politics, and sexuality. Prerequisites: Must qualify to enroll in ENGL 110C.

WMST 226S. Honors: Women in A Changing World. 3 Credits.

A special honors version of WMST 201S open only to students in the Honors College. Prerequisites: ENGL 110C.

WMST 301. Feminist Foundations. 3 Credits.

This course covers the history of women's studies as a discipline. It also explores current opportunities for women's studies majors and minors. The course is designed to develop students' skills in critical reading, research, and argument while examining three topics: religion, marriage, and gender science. Prerequisites: WMST 201S.

WMST 302W. Dimensions of Diversity: Intersectionality Among Women. 3 Credits.

This course explores women's experiences at intersections of gender, race, and class within society, in general, and specifically within the various women's movements that have taken place in the 19th and 20th Centuries, charting the development of feminism. Additionally, the course examines the need for the discipline of Women's Studies to sponsor change for women. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: WMST 201S, a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, and 6 semester hours in literature, history, social sciences, or performing arts courses.

WMST 303. Queer Studies. 3 Credits.

This course is an interdisciplinary study of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer) experiences. It introduces students to personal, cultural, and political aspects of queer life while examining social forces such as heteronormativity, the social construction of gender, and homophobia and their impact on queer lives. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or instructor approval.

WMST 304. Chick Flicks. 3 Credits.

This course will offer a pivotal focus on the under-representations and misrepresentations of young women of color, lesbians, working class women, women over forty, and women with disabilities in the majority of commercial films targeted at the "average" American woman consumer. Students will examine the cultural phenomenon of the chick flick and consider Hollywood and independent media responses to the new visibility and focus on women. Additionally, students will assess chick flicks as possible empowering models for girls and young women of all races and ethnicities and consider feminist responses to questions of post-feminism within these representations. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or instructor approval.

WMST 368. Internship. 3-6 Credits.

Course provides an opportunity to gain experience working in organizations and government agencies. Students' work should engage with women's issues at the local, regional, national, and/or global levels. Students must work for at least 50 hours per course credit. (Qualifies as a CAP experience.) Prerequisites: A minimum of one WMST course, junior standing and instructor approval.

WMST 377. Extracurricular Studies. 3 Credits.

An undergraduate seminar on feminist pedagogical issues and theory offered in conjunction with a practicum providing experience in the facilitation of small sections of the introductory women's studies course. Prerequisites: three semester hours in WMST or WMST crosslisted course and permission of the instructor.

WMST 390T. Women and Technology Worldwide. 3 Credits.

An exploration of women as designers and users of technology and of the impact of technology on women's lives across the world. Variations in women's experiences by race, class, and culture will be stressed, along with particular focus on global developments that shape the context of women's and men's lives. Prerequisites: Three semester hours in human behavior or history.

WMST 395. Topics in Women's Studies. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected women's studies topics. These courses are usually interdisciplinary. All topics are described on the women's studies website and in material distributed to academic advisors Prerequisites: WMST 201S or instructor approval.

WMST 396. Topics in Women's Studies. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected women's studies topics. These courses are usually interdisciplinary. All topics will be described on the women's studies website and in material distributed to academic advisors Prerequisites: WMST 201S and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

WMST 400/500. U.S. Women's Activism. 3 Credits.

This course historicizes U.S. women's social, political, and rhetorical activism over the last 200 years, tracing their entry into and shaping force upon public life. The course examines the development of women's activism in the nineteenth century, the twentieth century women's (or feminist) movement, and its current status, particularly in relation to postfeminism and a "third" wave. Prerequisite: WMST 201S.

WMST 401W/501. Women: A Global Perspective. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the global forces that impact women's lives throughout the world. Particular emphasis is placed on the status of women in the developing world, international institutions that protect women's rights, and efforts to promote gender equality worldwide. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: WMST 201S and a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C.

WMST 414/514. Motherhood: Texts and Images. 3 Credits.

This course examines the role of the mother, the experience of mothering and the institution of motherhood through a number of disciplinary and theoretical lenses. It considers how motherhood functions to women's advantage or disadvantage, in professional and economic areas as well as the mother's ideological construction in public discourse, imagery, nonfiction, and film. Prerequisites: ENGL 211C or equivalent.

WMST 460W/560. Feminist Theory. 3 Credits.

A study of the renaissance in feminist thought since the 1960s through close readings of key documents and texts. The course covers a variety of feminist perspectives as expressed in both theory and practice. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: WMST 201S or WMST 302W and a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C.

WMST 470/570. Feminist Research Methods. 3 Credits.

The course explores the ethics, practice, and multiple forms of conducting feminist research. Narrative research methods are practiced through hands-on oral herstory assignments. Throughout the course, the process of knowledge construction is interrogated from a feminist perspective. Prerequisites: WMST 460W.

WMST 490. Capstone Course. 3 Credits.

Seminar intended for women's studies majors in the final semester(s) of study, consisting of an individualized or group senior project, such as a research paper, an oral history, an internship, or a service learning project. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or WMST 302W and WMST 460W and six semester hours of additional WMST or cross-listed core courses.

WMST 495/595. Topics in Women's Studies. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminars on selected topics. The subject matter is usually interdisciplinary. These seminars are more fully described on the women's studies website and in material distributed each semester to academic advisors. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or instructor approval.

WMST 496/596. Topics in Women's Studies. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminars on selected topics. The subject matter is usually interdisciplinary. These seminars will be more fully described on the women's studies website and in material distributed each semester to academic advisors. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or permission of the instructor.

WMST 497/597. Independent Study. 1-6 Credits.

Independent study of an interdisciplinary women's studies topic, or a reading plus internship project to be selected under the direction of a women's studies faculty member. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: A minimum of one women's studies course and approval of instructor and chair of department.

WMST 498/598. Independent Study. 1-6 Credits.

Independent study of an interdisciplinary women's studies topic, or a reading plus internship project to be selected under the direction of a women's studies faculty member. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: A minimum of one women's studies course and approval of instructor and chair of department.

WMST 500. U.S. Women's Activism. 3 Credits.

This course historicizes U.S. women’s social, political, and rhetorical activism over the last 200 years, tracing their entry into and shaping force upon public life. The course examines the development of women’s activism in the nineteenth century, the twentieth-century women’s (or feminist) movement, and its current status, particularly in relation to postfeminism and a “third” wave.

WMST 501. Women: A Global Perspective. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the global forces that impact women’s lives throughout the world. Particular emphasis is placed on the status of women in the developing world, international institutions that protect women’s rights, and efforts to promote gender equality worldwide. (This is a writing intensive course.).

WMST 514. Motherhood: Texts and Images. 3 Credits.

This course examines the role of the mother, the experience of mothering and the institution of motherhood through a number of disciplinary and theoretical lenses. It considers how motherhood functions to women’s advantage or disadvantage in professional and economic areas as well as the mother’s ideological construction in public discourse, imagery, non-fiction, and film.

WMST 560. Feminist Theory. 3 Credits.

A study of the renaissance in feminist theory since the 1960s through close readings of key documents and texts. The course covers a variety of feminist perspectives as expressed in both theory and practice. (This is a writing intensive course.).

WMST 570. Feminist Research Methods. 3 Credits.

This course explores the ethics, practice, and multiple forms of conducting feminist research. Narrative research methods are practiced through hands-on oral herstory assignments. Throughout the course, the process of knowledge construction is interrogated from a feminist perspective.

WMST 595. Topics in Women's Studies. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminars on selected topics. The subject matter is usually be interdisciplinary. These seminars are more fully described on the women's studies website and in material distributed each semester to academic advisors.

WMST 596. Topics in Women's Studies. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminars on selected topics. The subject matter is usually be interdisciplinary. These seminars are more fully described on the women's studies website and in material distributed each semester to academic advisors.

WMST 597. Independent Study. 1-6 Credits.

1-6 credits. Prerequisite: at least one women’s studies course. Independent study of an interdisciplinary women’s studies topic, or a reading plus internship project to be selected under the direction of a women’s studies faculty member. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Tutorial work, either library-based or field work, must be approved by the instructor and the women’s studies chair before a student may enroll in the course. No more than three credits of tutorial work may be counted within the basic requirements for the women’s studies minor or major.

WMST 598. Independent Study. 1-6 Credits.

1-6 credits. Prerequisite: at least one women’s studies course. Independent study of an interdisciplinary women’s studies topic, or a reading plus internship project to be selected under the direction of a women’s studies faculty member. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Tutorial work, either library-based or field work, must be approved by the instructor and the women’s studies chair before a student may enroll in the course. No more than three credits of tutorial work may be counted within the basic requirements for the women’s studies minor or major.

WMST 668. Internship. 3-6 Credits.

3-6 credits. Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor approval required. Course provides an opportunity to gain experience working in organizations and government agencies. Students' work should engage with women's issues at the local, regional, national, and/or global levels. Students must work for at least 50 hours per course credit.

WMST 695. Selected Topics in Women’s Studies. 3 Credits.

The advanced study of selected topics which permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest under the direction on an instructor. Courses may not be offered regularly; when offered courses appear in the course schedule and are more fully described in information distributed to advisors.

WMST 696. Topics in Women’s Studies. 1-3 Credits.

WMST 697. Independent Study. 3 Credits.

3 credits each semester. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Independent study of an interdisciplinary women's studies topics to be selected under the direction of a women's studies faculty member. Conferences and papers as appropriate.

WMST 698. Independent Study. 3 Credits.

WMST 795. Selected Topics in Women’s. 3 Credits.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval. The advanced study of selected topics that permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest under the direction of an instructor. Courses may not be offered regularly; when offered courses appear in the course schedule and are more fully described in information distributed to advisors.

WMST 797. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

1-3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate standing; doctoral level only for 897. Independent study of an interdisciplinary women’s studies topic to be selected under the direction of a women’s studies faculty member. Conferences and papers as appropriate.

WMST 897. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

1-3 credits. Prerequisite: graduate standing; doctoral level only for 897. Independent study of an interdisciplinary women’s studies topic to be selected under the direction of a women’s studies faculty member. Conferences and papers as appropriate.