Women's Studies (WOMS)

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

WOMS 508.  Women and the Environment   3 credit hours

On completion of this course, students should be able to appreciate and understand: environmental challenges at a local, regional and global scale; gender and environment; the role of women in the environment; case studies of women's leadership and contribution to environmental custodianship; critical analysis and military-industrial discourse in relation to gender; relationships between environment and interactions with different types of global, illicit trade. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 510.  Hollywood Melodrama: The Woman's Film   3 credit hours

Melodrama, as a "woman's genre," is important to the development of feminist film criticism, which interrogates the contradictory meanings of motherhood and family within this culture. Through readings and films, this course provides a stylistic, literary and cultural/historical background for this 19th-century form with a specific focus on the woman's film and the family melodrama which highlight woman's position within the home. Uses textual analysis and some psychoanalytic criticism to explore and critique the fantasies and desires expressed in the visual excesses of film melodrama. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 511.  Women in Early America, 1600-1830   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 513.  Issues and Perspectives on African Women and Globalism   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Cross-listed as WOMS 383, ETHS 381AC. For those whose primary notions of Africa derive from little or unconfirmed information. Uses research, writing and other expressions by African women to present women dealing with their postcolonial and globalized national contexts. When possible, a teleconference with an author is arranged for a more global learning experience. Learning through local African communities, dramatic/artistic expressions and group projects is encouraged. Aims to help students develop critical and independent thinking about Africa, African women and their global engagement. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 514.  Women in the Middle East   3 credit hours

Examines Arab women of the Middle East. Focuses on women in the region historically designated as the fertile plains—Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories. Covers the impact of Western colonialism and global geopolitics on women's lives; women's activism in relation to nationalism and women's rights; Western racial stereotypes of Arab women and men and their role in foreign intervention in the 20th and 21st centuries. Provides case study in the relationship of nationalism and women's rights as framed by Arab women's studies. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 516.  Sociology of Gender Roles   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Cross-listed as SOC 516. Analyzes the institutional sources of male and female roles, the source of changes in these roles, the consequent ambiguities and conflicts. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: SOC 111.

WOMS 523.  Feminist Film Criticism   3 credit hours

Applies critical methods of analysis from the field of feminist film studies (such as psychoanalysis, ideology critique, close textual analysis, narrative and genre criticism) to the representation of women in film. Emphasizes historical development of feminist film theory and criticism as it relates to classical Hollywood narrative, film genres and avant-garde film. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: 3 hours of upper-level humanities or 3 hours of upper-level women's studies.

WOMS 530.  The American Woman in History   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as HIST 530. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 532.  Women in Ethnic America   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as HIST 532. An in-depth, thematic understanding of the historical experiences of women of color across space and time in U.S. history. Employing a female-centered framework of analysis, course probes the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality in women's lives. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 533.  Women and the Law   3 credit hours

Introduces the legal aspects of women's rights, including the equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution, right to choose a name, sex discrimination in employment, education, and credit; welfare and criminal justice. Also considers women in the field of law, such as lawyers and legislators. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 534.  Psychology of Women   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Cross-listed as PSY 534. Psychological assumptions, research and theories of the roles, behavior and potential of women in contemporary society. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

WOMS 536.  Writing by Women   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as ENGL 536. Explores various themes in critical approaches to literature composed by women writers, especially those whose works have been underrepresented in the literary canon. Genres and time periods covered, critical theories explored, and specific authors studied vary in different semesters. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 537.  Contemporary Women's Drama   3 credit hours

Examines contemporary plays by and about women to discover and explore the insights of the various playwrights into the lives and roles of women. In addition to reading and analyzing plays, students write plays of their own. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 541.  Women, Children and Poverty   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Cross-listed as SCWK 541. Addresses the problem of poverty among women in the U.S. today, and examines existing and proposed public policies designed to alleviate the problem. Explores theoretical models of poverty policy analysis and the role of values in their formulation and implementation. Discusses issues of age, race and family; special attention is given to poverty among Kansas families. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisite: 6 hours of social sciences.

WOMS 542.  Women in Other Cultures   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as ANTH 542. Deals with the place of women in primitive and other non-Western societies, in various aspects of culture: political, economic, social, religious, domestic, intellectual, psychological and aesthetic. Compares and contrasts societies in order to see how different kinds of roles for women are related to different kinds of societies. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 543.  Women & Health   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as NURS 543. Examines the historical development of the women's health movement, focuses on current issues relevant to women and health care, and explores the roles of women in the health care system and as consumers of health care. Examines self-care practices of women and studies ways to promote positive health practices. Open to non-nursing majors. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 570.  Directed Readings   1-3 credit hours

For students who wish to pursue special reading or research projects not covered in coursework. Prerequisite: instructor's consent. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 571.  Contemporary Issues and Perspectives: LGBTQ   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Cross-listed as SCWK 571. Explores contemporary issues within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. Explores personal attitudes regarding the social context for LGBTQ persons as well as other issues which have emerged as matters of concern and celebration with LGBTQ individuals and communities. Empowerment principles are employed and used to highlight a positive and affirming framework of the LGBTQ community. Students acquire basic skills in understanding issues of diversity and other contemporary conditions of life and culture. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 579.  Asian Women in Modern History   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as HIST 579 and ETHS 579. Examines women's historical and contemporary experiences in Asian America and eight major countries in modern Asia. Covers topics on Asian women's activism in relation to nationalism and women's rights. Investigates Asian women's roles and statuses in the family and society and their educational attainment and contributions to the export-oriented industrialization of the Asia-Pacific region. Examines the intra-regional migration of female guest workers among various countries in Asia. Traces the ways in which the changes in immigration laws during the 20th century affect patterns of Asian women's migration to the United States. Introduces writing that integrates Asian women's lives and Asian American experiences into the discourses on ethnicity, national origin, class, gender and sexual orientation in the United States and the Asia-Pacific region. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 580.  Special Topics   1-3 credit hours

Focuses on advanced topics of interest to women's studies. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 580AB.  Women and Reform in America, 1830-Present   3 credit hours

Focuses on women, gender, and reform in U.S. history from 1830 to 2000 by examining the lives, experiences, and interactions with social, political, and economic systems of women. Students read articles, books, and primary documents that examine women’s experiences from the emergence of a domestic economy in the 1830s to 21st century popular culture with specific focus on topics such as the Cult of True Womanhood, slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction, Progressivism, suffrage, WWII, postwar feminism, and popular culture. In the end, students should walk away with an understanding of women in early U.S. history and of the major historical debates concerning women’s and gender history. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 580G.  Women in China and the Chinese Diaspora   3 credit hours

Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 580J.  Domestic Violence   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as SCWK 590, CJ 381V and CJ 783F. Deals with the roots of domestic violence embedded in family roles, legal systems, religious beliefs, and the psychology of women, children and men. Also covers the consequences and prevention of family abuse. Includes discussion of literature and films. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 580N.  Gender, Race, Knowledge   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 580T.  Women & Aging   3 credit hours

Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 580X.  Sex, Work and Culture   3 credit hours

Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 580Z.  Femme Fatale and Fighting FToy in Film   3 credit hours

Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 585.  The Femme Fatale In Film Noir   3 credit hours

From the 1970s to the present, feminism has exerted a profound influence on theories of cinema. By focusing on film noir as a genre expressed visually and thematically, this course explores various filmic representations of women, and how and why these representations are politically, socially and theoretically significant. We apply various critical methods of analysis (psychoanalysis, ideology critique, close textual analysis, narrative, style/genre) to approach women's representation, in particular, the femme fatale (dark lady, evil seductress) within the classic film noir era which occurred between 1944 and 1958. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 586.  Gender, Race, Knowledge   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Examines construction of objects that lie at the boundary between popular and academic or "official" knowledge (understanding of objects, people, events and activities). Examines those objects within gender and race frameworks in women's studies. Thematically organized, problem focused and methodologically interdisciplinary. Past topics include "America, Post 9/11," "A Genealogy of the Middle East," science, modernity and anthropology. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 587.  Theories of Feminism   3 credit hours

Because feminism is not a single ideological stance or perspective, course examines a variety of ideas underlying feminist cultural critiques and visions for social change. Discusses the contribution of women's studies to various academic disciplines. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisites: WOMS 287, 387, or 6 hours of women's studies courses, or instructor's consent.

WOMS 588.  Gender, Race and the West/East Divide   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Examines critically the role of gender and race in the making of a supposed essential divide between the West and the East. Students are introduced to Edward Said's concept of Orientalism and the field of critique that targets how Europe and the U.S. craft an identity the West via its other, called variously, the Orient, Islam, the Muslim world, and the Arab world. Questions explored include: What is Orientalism? What is the relationship between colonialism/imperialism and the representation of the Orient or the East? How, for whom, and for what purposes do gender and race matter in this construct of a divide between West and East? These questions are examined across genres and media —i.e., in travel accounts, film, literature, policy making and news reportage. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 591.  Sexual Assault Issues   1 credit hour

Cross-listed as SCWK 591. Explores the cultural myths and stereotypes about sexual assault, the legal system methods of self-protection, community resources providing help for victims, and other related issues. Primary focus is on education to not only prevent, but eradicate sexual assault. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 701.  Selected Topics in Women's Studies   3 credit hours

Repeatable for credit up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: departmental consent. Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 701A.  Map Intersections of Gender   3 credit hours

Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 701B.  Women and the Environment   3 credit hours

Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 701C.  Writing by Women   3 credit hours

Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 701D.  Women in Africa   3 credit hours

Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 701E.  Feminism and Girl Culture   3 credit hours

Course includes diversity content.

WOMS 870.  Directed Readings   1-3 credit hours

For graduate students to pursue research in areas not normally covered in coursework. Course includes diversity content. Repeatable for credit with departmental consent. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

WOMS 880.  Seminar in Women's Studies   3 credit hours

Intensive study of selected women's studies topics. Seminar discussion, reports and research project. Previous topics include Advanced Theories of Feminism, and Contemporary Women's Fiction. Course includes diversity content. Repeatable for credit with departmental consent. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

WOMS 880G.  Gender, Race and Knowledge   3 credit hours

Course includes diversity content.