Women and Gender Studies Program

Fall 2014

WGS 101: Introduction of Women & Gender Studies
Gorham     M/W 9:30-10:45AM       Prof. Sarah Lockridge
Portland     T/TH 10:15-11:30AM    Prof. Susan Feiner
Portland        T/TH 1:15-2:30PM     Prof. Susan Feiner
Portland         M/W 2:45-4:00PM     Prof. Jim Messerschmidt
Online                                              Prof. Sarah Lockridge
Online                                              Prof. Kim Simmons
This course explores from a variety of perspectives the following inter-related themes and topics: the economic, political, and social status of women as a group and in discrete cultural contexts; the politics of representation, or how ideas about femininity and feminism are promoted throughout the media and other vehicles of culture; the construction of “consciousness,” both through the media and through feminist tactics; women and collective action in the past, present, and future. Students are expected to practice their writing skills through formal essays. 3 credits. Satisfies core requirement for socio-cultural analysis. 3 credits

WGS 201: Women, Knowledge & Power  
Portland             M/W 2:45-4:00PM              Prof. Lucinda Cole
This course examines the ways in which the politics of knowledge production shape culture and gender relations. It explores the ways women have historically resisted, subverted, appropriated and reformed traditional bodies of thought. Prerequisites: WGS 101, EYE 109 or permission of instructor. Satisfies core requirement for cultural interpretations. 3 credits

WGS 245/PHI 220: Philosophy of Art
Portland        T 4:10-6:40PM                     Prof. Kate Wininger
Portland        W 4:10-6:40PM                    Prof. Kate Wininger
 Online                                                       Prof. Kate Wininger
What makes a person creative? What do artists think about their art? How do critics evaluate a work? If art is created for a cultural ritual or healing, is it to be understood differently? How do the circumstances of a work's creation and reception affect its evaluation? How does a person's class, ethnicity, or gender influence art work and its reception? Philosophers in the field of Aesthetics attempt to answer questions which artists, art historians, anthropologists, and critics ask about art. The works of art and philosophy considered will be draw from a wide variety of cultural contexts. 3 credits

WGS 345/CLA & ART 321: Art, Architecture, and Archaeology of the Ancient World/ Classical Art  
Gorham         T/TH 11:00AM-12:15PM        Prof. Jeannine Uzzi
This course represents the marriage of art history and classics, a meeting of the minds of two distinct disciplines; it is appropriate for students with at least one course in either field, and our initial conversations will address the interdisciplinary nature of the course.  In the course students will gain an understanding of the arc of art history from the Early Bronze Age in Greece to the height of the Roman Empire with forays into other places and times that influenced or were influenced by Greek and Roman art; however, the course will not be strictly chronological, and students will also consider themes running across time and space via secondary sources offered on Blackboard.  These themes include the use and gendering of space, the presentation of the body as political ideal, and the function of gender and sexuality in a variety of art historical periods and media. 3 credits

WST 345/ART 311: Gender Identity and Modern Art
 Gorham             M/W 11:00AM-12:15PM        Prof. Donna Cassidy
This course examines the construction of gender and sexuality in Western visual arts from the late eighteenth century to the present. Students will analyze both the art and art criticism of the period, focusing on the work of female, feminist, and gay artists. 3 credits

WST 345/ENG 385: Race and Gender at Century’s End
Portland    T 4:10-6:40PM                      Prof. Lisa Walker
Race and gender are currently understood as social constructs and even fictions, but throughout U.S. history they have been also been understood as factual, and their effects have been experienced as far-reaching and real. This course explores how issues of race and gender were understood in America from about 1890 to about 1914, with some discussion of the uses and limitations of these concepts at the turn of the 20th century. We will focus on race, especially as it pertains to the differences between “black” and “white,” and its intersections with gender and sexuality through readings of short stories, essays, and novels; we will supplement our readings with analyses of short film clips and visual images. 3 credits

WGS 365/SOC 393: Women, Welfare and the State
Portland    W 4:10-6:40PM                         Prof. Luisa Deprez
The welfare state is often conceptualized as a state committed to modifying the play of social or market forces in order to achieve greater equality: in the broadest sense, a collection of programs designed  to enhance and advance human well-being.  Among the programs offered are social insurance and assistance programs that provide income protection and supportive services to persons experiencing unemployment, retirement, disability, ill health, death of a family breadwinner, or poverty as well as programs of education, housing, nutrition, and health.  Not all state interventions, however, are aimed at, or actually produce, greater equality among citizens. This course explores the gender bias of social welfare policy in the US, revealing a welfare state whose adherence to central elements such as the Protestant work ethic, "family values", and a laissez-faire economy excludes over half the population.  Programs established under the presumption that they secure protection for and maximize independence of women (and men) instead reflect the gender regulatory functions of the welfare state which exacerbate women's dependent status. From both historical and theoretical perspectives, the course examines the emergence and development of the American welfare state and assesses its impact on women's lives.  Policies such as Social Security and TANF (welfare) are examined as are policies focused on education and employment and work. 3 credits

WGS 365/CRM 317: Gender and Crime
Portland      M 4:10-6:40PM                        Prof. Jim Messerschmidt
Portland         W 4:10-6:40PM                    Prof. Jim Messerschmidt
This course concentrates on gender and its relation to crime. It explores such issues as histories of gender inequality, the gendered character of criminological theory, and how gender is related to a variety of crimes such as rape, violence in the family, crimes by women, property crimes, and corporate crimes. 3 credits

WGS 380: Politics of Difference
Portland         T 4:10-6:40PM                      Prof. Eve Raimon
Central to the course are the ways that "differences" are embedded and enacted in the context of power relations. While the specific content of this course is flexible, it will analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using race, ethnicity, nationality, class, age, and sexuality as categories of analysis. Prerequisites: WGS 101I or EYE 109, WGS 201 or permission of the instructor. Offered fall semester. 3 credits     

WGS 420/ANES 630: The Culture of Consumption
Portland              W 4:10-6:40PM                          Prof. Ardis Cameron
Focusing on New England and the emergence of industrial society, this course will explore popular forms of leisure, pleasure, and consumer culture in 19th- and 20th-century society. We will explore both popular writers such as P.T. Barnum and Edward Bellamy, as well as theorists as diverse as Thorstein Veblen and C. Wright Mills. Topics include: Victorian identity and consumption; the spa and the health club; rural peddlers; minstrelsy, burlesque, vaudeville, and melodrama; the rise of the department store; working-class style and the culture of wanting; advertising; the New England woman and the Newport belle; the tourist and the commodification of New England. 3 credits

WGS 445/CMS 484: Activism in Film
Portland                         W 4:10-6:40PM        Prof. Rebecca Lockridge
This course examines activist film as an alternative form of cinema. For example, what techniques of representation do feminist film directors employ as strategies for resisting social, political/economic, intellectual marginalizing and silencing of marginalized peoples typical of patriarchal cultures?  How do feminist films frame topics such as race, ethnicity, nationality, class, disability, age, gender, sex and sexuality?  What knowledge is produced? In this course, films from Hollywood to independent documentaries made in countries around the globe provide examples of the multiple perspectives, identities, and assumptions about spectatorship provided in activist films. Essays by film theorists structure class discussions and written critiques. The particular context of the film's production, levels of desire effected by the context, and meanings constructed by the cinematic techniques are examined. The course is also designed to increase media literacy as students learn to recognize the interface between technology, culture, media, and politics as they appear in the narrative structure and in cinematic techniques such as shot distance, camera angle, lighting, perspective, editing, montage. 3 credits

WGS 470: Independent Study                                Prof. Lucinda Cole
This course provides junior and senior students with the opportunity to pursue a project independently, concentrate on a particular subject of concern, or conduct individually arranged reading or research studies under the advice and direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite:  junior or senior standing and permission of the director.  1-4 credits