Undergraduate Bulletin 1996-1998

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0051. Basic I (4 s.h.) (LA) (D4) FS

Introduction to the use of Spanish as a spoken language. Basic patterns of communication introduced by a variety of instructional methods. Graded readings introduced, but greatest emphasis on aural-oral control. There is a strong laboratory component, and students are expected to be able to function using grammatical Spanish (not broken Spanglish) under circumstances of simple communication. There is also a strong cultural component. Ample classroom practice will be provided to enable students to achieve this communicative competence.

0052. Basic II (4 s.h.) (LA) (D4) FS

Introduction to the use of Spanish as a spoken language. Instructional method as in Spanish 0051, with the introduction of simple patterns of writing. Emphasis remains on aural-oral control.

C061. Intermediate I (3 s.h.) (LB) (D4) FS

A continuation of the activities designed to achieve communicative competence in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). There is a systematic review of material covered in the 51-52 sequence, and a study of more sophisticated grammatical material. Aural-oral control continues to be the most emphasized area, and the cultural component remains strong as does the laboratory component. Considerable communicative competence in grammatical Spanish is an exit requirement, and ample classroom practice is devoted to methods which will achieve these ends.

0076. Intensive Practice (9 s.h.) (D4) S

For participants in the Latin American Studies Semester (LASS) program. Intensive practice in Spanish, using methods, materials, and small class sections tailored to the varied linguistic needs of the students (i.e., beginning, intermediate, advanced). Given in conjunction with Latin American Studies 0100 Latin America through Film and Fiction. The combined areas of language study, area study (taught in Spanish), and a field trip opportunity to use Spanish in a total immersion atmosphere, affording a unique experience for enrichment and linguistic sophistication.

0088. Language Skills for Spanish Speakers (3 s.h.) F

Designed for the needs of the native speaker of Spanish with little or no formal training in Spanish. Phonology, morphology, syntax, and orthography. Open only to students whose language is Spanish.

0089. Language Skills for Spanish Speakers II (3 s.h.) F

A continuation of the work begun in Spanish 0088.


0101. Conversational Review (3 s.h.) (D4) FS

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish C061 or sufficient score on the placement examination. This course is one of a trilogy (0101, W102, 0103) which may be taken at the same time. It reviews grammatical material complementary with what is reviewed in W102, and time is devoted to reading comprehension and writing. However, the main thrust of the course is oral practice for the purpose of improving the non-native student's control of grammatical Spanish, including pronunciation.

W102. Composition and Conversation (3 s.h.) (D4) FS

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish C061 or sufficient score on the placement examination. This course is one of a trilogy (0101, W102, 0103) which may be taken at the same time. It reviews grammatical material complementary with what is reviewed in 0101, and time is devoted to reading comprehension and oral expression. However, the main thrust of the course is practice in writing short essays in grammatical Spanish.

0103. Hispanic Readings (3 s.h.) (D1) FS

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish C061 or satisfactory score on the placement examination. This course is one of a trilogy (0101, W102, 0103) which may be taken at the same time. The course involves listening, speaking, and writing, but the main emphasis is put on reading comprehension. Students are expected to read large quantities of material in Spanish for the acquisition of a broad reading comprehension skill, without the necessity of understanding every word in the text, and not for the purpose of translation or literary analysis.

0176. Advanced Intensive Practice in the Four Skills (9 s.h.) (D4) S

Designed to meet the needs of the participants in the Latin American Studies Semester (LASS) program and open only to them. Emphasis on intensive practice in Spanish tailored to the variable linguistic requirements of the students. A companion to Spanish 0076; for advanced students only.

0209. Advanced Skills for Spanish Speakers (3 s.h.) S

Prerequisite: Spanish 0089 or equivalent. To enhance and strengthen control of standard Spanish syntax and orthography through the study of representative samples of essays, prose, poetry, business letters, formal written communiques, etc., in Spanish. Vocabulary acquisition essential.

0213. Contemporary Spain through Film (3 s.h.) F96 and alternate F

Prerequisite: Completion of W102 or satisfactory score in the achievement examination. The course is designed for the development of all language skills by studying modern Spanish culture through films.

W215. Advanced Writing Skills (3 s.h.) (D4) FS

Prerequisites: Completion of 0101, W102, 0103, or 0209, or satisfactory score on the achievement examination. This is the most advanced language skills course. Attention is given to listening and speaking, but emphasis is put on reading comprehension and writing. This course contains an introduction to literary analysis, and is a prerequisite for all advanced literature courses. (Capstone W course)

0220. Business Spanish I (3 s.h.) F

An introduction to basic commercial practices. Business correspondence, orders, drafts, letters of credit, import-export permits, bills of lading, invoices, and other common instruments of international commerce. Designed for students who desire a career as translators and need training in technical vocabulary, as well as for those who plan to enter business. No background in business required.

0221. Business Spanish II (3 s.h.) S

Credit documents, transportation of merchandise, contract; the formation and operation of corporations; translation of business correspondence. No background in business required. Spanish 0220 is not a prerequisite. Also open to students with other Business Spanish courses in this sequence.

0222. Business Spanish III (3 s.h.) S

Translation of business correspondence. Insurance and banking institutions, labor law, tax policies, and regulation of business and industry, as applicable to contemporary commercial practices in Latin America. No background in business required. Business Spanish 0220 and 0221 are not prerequisites. Also open to students who have had other Business Spanish courses in this sequence.

0225. Translation Skills I (3 s.h.) S

Translation skills through familiarity with different types of language taken mainly from Spanish newspapers: reporting, sports, columns, advertisements, correspondence, etc. Models of each and their inherent problems in translation. Essays on translation to examine theories of translation.

0230. Spanish-American Culture and Civilization (3 s.h.) (D1) F

Study of the Spanish-American people through their literature, history, architecture, art, music, and European/indigenous traditions and institutions.

0235. Spanish Culture and Civilization (3 s.h.) (D1) S

The Spanish character as revealed in its language, art, music, and ethnic traditions. Geography and sociology of Spain. Lectures, readings, and discussions.

0240. Introduction to Spanish American Literature (3 s.h.) F 96 and alternate F

A panoramic view of Spanish American literature.

0241. Introduction to Spanish Literature (3 s.h.) F 95 and alternate F

A panoramic view of Spanish literature.

0303. Directed Readings (2-3 s.h., respectively) FS

By arrangement with appropriate course director and special permission of department chair. Readings must be at the 300 level.

0333. Spanish Applied Linguistics (3 s.h.) S

This course will explore a number of theories accounting for language learning from classical times to the present. Students will examine not only the teaching of Spanish in accordance with these theories, but also the acquisition of Spanish by the second language learner.

0335. Spanish Sociolinguistics (3 s.h.) F

This course will provide an introduction to the study of language in society as represented in sociolinguistic research from Spain, Latin America, and the United States.

0343. Spanish American Novel (3 s.h.) F

This course will focus on the novel as genre seen from different perspectives, according to instructor's choice.

0345. National Literatures of Spanish America (3 s.h.) S

This course will select a Spanish American country and explore its literary development. The country of choice will vary according to the instructor's preference.

0360. Medieval Spanish Text (3 s.h.) 96-98

This course will analyze Spanish texts of the Middle Ages and provide an introduction to paleography.

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01857/Topical Studies

These courses available only to students enrolled in the Extern Program.


0084-0085. Field Study/Co-op Seminar for CAS (2, 3 s.h.) FS

For field study/co-op students and other interested undergraduates in CAS as a possible adjunct to experience. Applicable support skills in research, writing and editing, public relations, writing resumes, interviewing, understanding the work world, etc. Crosses departmental boundaries; may be required by individual departments.

0086. Our Elders Our Roots: Service Learning Seminar (3 s.h.) 96-98

Students perform supervised service in social agencies while reading related materials and discussing it in classes. Journals are maintained and a paper is required which reflects experience.

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01859/Women's Studies

NOTE: (H) = Humanities (SS) = Social Sciences
For explanations of these designations, see the Women's Studies section in the College of Arts and Sciences.


X051. Introduction to Women's Studies (3 s.h.) (IN/D3) F

An interdisciplinary course covering a variety of perspectives on women and gender. Emphasis on women in American society with consideration of special conditions of women in Third World societies. Studies the central institutions of gender-including family, sexuality and love, the sexual division of labor, the ideology of femininity, and the structural basis of this ideology-women's social roles, and symbolic representations of women in culture. Special emphasis on class and racial differences and similarities.

C076. American Women's Lives (3 s.h.) (AC) FS

This course will look at American women's autobiographical writings, diaries, journals, and book length accounts, to understand the role women's narrative tradition has played in the development of American culture. The writings will be approached from social, literary, and historical perspectives. Subjects include slave narratives, social reformers, pioneers, and literary figures. Issues of gender, race, and class will be highlighted. (H)

C080. International Women's Writing (3 s.h.) (IS) F

Reading and discussion of fiction, diaries, memoirs, and personal essays written by women in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Will examine the ways in which such "universal" themes as love, family, work, and personal identity are shaped by cultural contexts. (H)

0083. The Psychology of Women (3 s.h.) FS

Starting from the traditional place of women in society, examines the development of female personality in different societies, social classes, and time periods. Topics include: the biological and the social foundations of sex roles; the implications for women's character and personality; intellectual characteristics of women; achievement motivation; women's mental health. (SS) (Cross-listed with Psychology 0083.)

X091. Introduction to Women's Studies-Honors (3 s.h.) (IN/D3) S

Honors section of X051. Additional work arranged by the instructor.


W126. Women in Literature (3 s.h.) (D1) FS

Variable content course which examines the representation of women and the literature created by English, American, or other countries' women writers. This course has been offered with many specific topics: in-depth study of Woolf, Plath, and H.D., combining biography and literary texts; neglected masterpieces of American literature by black and white women; women as hero/woman as heroine; the questions of love, marriage, and vocation for women from 1850 to 1940 and other thematic motifs of 20th century women's literature. (H) (Cross-listed with English W160.)

W128. Themes/Genres in Women's Literature (3 s.h.) S

A variable content course which studies in depth the ideas, languages, and cultural stances in literature written by women. A specific theme or genre will be taken up each semester. (Courses previously taught under our general [nondisciplinary] "Special Topics" number have included "Women and Poetry," "Women's Worlds in Science Fiction and Utopian Literature," and "Women's Autobiographical Narratives.") (H) (Cross-listed with English W260.)

0146. African Women in Historical Perspective (3 s.h.) FS

The history of the African woman from Hatsheput to Yaa Asantewaa. Discussion of roles played by women in politics, religion, military, education, and resistance. An overview of historical problems and future prospects for women in Africa. (H) (Cross-listed with African American Studies 0170.)

R152. The Politics of Diversity (3 s.h.) FS

What does cultural diversity mean to you? To some of us, it is an attempt to forge a new definition of pluralism and community in American culture. To others, it is an opportunity to re-examine American life based on new concepts about race, gender, and class. To others it implies the abandonment of the Western intellectual tradition. Some see it as a way to avoid dealing with racism in the United States by focusing attention on women, gays, the disabled, and white ethnic and religious minorities. This course will examine the current debate about diversity. We will focus our attention on cases that have been part of the controversy. (H)

0186. Women and the Law (3 s.h.) (D3) S

A historical and legal analysis. Techniques traditionally employed to deprive women of autonomy and equality, together with the successful-and sometimes failed-challenges mounted by women and their advocates in areas of political and civil rights, employment opportunities, reproduction control, criminal justice, family law, credit access, public accommodations, and education. (SS)

0201, 0202. Topics in Women's Studies (3 s.h.) FS

A variable topics course. Specific cultural or social studies in gender issues with an emphasis on interdisciplinary analyses. (Cross-listed with Jewish Studies 0333.)

W206. The American Woman: Visions and Revisions (3 s.h.) 96-98

An examination of images and roles of women in American culture. Using fiction, poetry, and autobiography, we develop an understanding of stereotypes and myths and we relate these images to the real-life experiences of American women. The readings include all classes and many ethnic groups, and focus primarily on the twentieth century. (Cross-listed with American Studies W118.)

0230. Women Writers In Black Literature (3 s.h.) FS

Examines the concerns of black women writers: philosophical overtones, universal statements, literary structures, dominant themes. Will be taught from a comparative perspective by examining representative black women writers in the United States, the Caribbean and Africa. Will include the poetry, drama, short stories and the novels of major writers including Zora Neale Hurston, Buchi Emecheta, Lorraine Hansberry, Efua Sutherland, Sonia Sanchez and many others. The readings will attempt to demonstrate that notwithstanding the diversity in cultural, historical, and political backgrounds of the writers, a common thread runs through the works of black women writers. (H) (Cross-listed with African American Studies 0346.)

0246. Men and Masculinity (3 s.h.) (IN) FS

Explores the social and personal meanings of "masculinity": the problems and conflicts associated with modern male identity, the variety of male experience along lines of social class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age, and the "emerging masculinities" of today and the future. Special emphasis placed upon building and understanding the "costs" of rigid definitions of masculinity to men, as well as the power and privileges that men may enjoy over women due to traditional and contemporary gender arrangements. The course will be organized around a variety of interdisciplinary readings. (SS) (Cross-listed with Sociology 0228.)

0247. Women in American History (3 s.h.) S

An introduction to the roles women have played in American history from the Colonial period to the present, treating both the famous and the ordinary woman. Some topics covered are: women in the abolitionist movement; women as missionaries; the suffrage crusade; the cult of true womanhood; working women in 19th century America; radical women; the black woman in slavery and freedom; the flapper and sexual freedom; the rise of women's liberation. (H) (Cross-listed with History 0244.)

0248. Women in European History (3 s.h.) FS

This course traces the history of women in Europe from pre-industrial times to the present. We will look at changes in attitudes toward women, female employment patterns, household roles and family lives, and at women's political and social movements. (H) (Cross-listed with History 0140.)

0249. Women in Modern Asia (3 s.h.) 96-98

This course introduces and compares the recent historical experience of women in Asia-principally in China and Japan. The course focuses on the situation of rural as well as urban women, and ordinary as well as elite women in the late 19th and 20th centuries. (H) (Cross-listed with History 0334.)

0261. Women and Politics (3 s.h.) S

The women's movement and its implications for public policy. The role of politics and political philosophy in restraining women's opportunities; an examination of the ideological roots of feminism; present discrimination in the workplace; and women as political activists. (SS) (Cross-listed with Political Science 0301.)

0271. Women in Religion and Society (3 s.h.) S

Study of both the roles and the understanding of women in primitive and major modern religious traditions, particularly of the West, including an investigation of the authoritative writings and practices of the various traditions. (H) (Cross-listed with Religion 0301.)

0273. Women and Criminal Justice (3 s.h.) FS

The aims are to develop an understanding of the status of women in the Criminal Justice System as: offenders, victims, and workers. We will examine the extent to which this status is a reflection of stereotypes of women currently in vogue or a reflection of social structural arrangements in society. Patterns of female crime, treatment within the criminal justice system, victimization, and career opportunities will be studied and compared with those of males, as well as within other societies, where data is available. (SS) (Cross-listed with Criminal Justice 0340.)

0275. Women and Work (3 s.h.) S

Women's work will be defined in the fullest sense. We shall examine the division of labor between the sexes and changes in women's production in the labor force and in the home from both a historical and a cross-cultural perspective. We shall discuss trends in the employment of women by race, age, and marital status as well as trends in the distribution and nature of household work. (SS) (Cross-listed with Sociology 0258.)

0276. Women in the Third World (3 s.h.) 96-98

Explores the experiences and perspectives of women in the less-privileged areas of the world. The goals of this course are to increase our understanding of the key determinants of women's subordination and agency in different socio-economic situations and to develop comparative perspectives that establish the connections between the condition of women in third world countries and that of European and North American women. We will examine themes such as the nature of women's position in the global economy; migration and industrialization; control over women's labor, fertility, and sexuality at the level of the household, the community, and the state; and feminist and gender-based political movements. Readings will include case studies on women in major regions of the developing world. (SS)

0277. Women in the Economy (3 s.h.) S

Explores four major themes: unpaid work performed by women in the home; why so many women work for pay; why so many women are clerical workers; why so many women earn substantially less than men (wage differentials). Consideration of these topics and the fifth-women workers in the Third World-requires understanding alternative economic theories of the labor market and economic approaches to discrimination as well as historical changes in the nature of unpaid and paid work. No previous knowledge is required-we shall discuss these theories and apply them to the economic situation of women here and in other societies. (SS) (Cross-listed with Economics 0272.)

0290. Independent Study (3 s.h.) FS

For students who would like to pursue topics on women and sex-roles not offered within regular college courses. Original research and projects encouraged. Close faculty supervision both in designing and carrying out the independent study. Students must have selected a faculty adviser and submitted a formal proposal before registering for the course.

0294. Independent Study (2 s.h.) FS

0295. Women and Work-Honors (3 s.h.) FS

Honors section of 0275. Additional work arranged by instructor. (SS)

0299. Field Work in Women's Studies (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Consultation with and written approval of the Women's Studies Program before registering for the course. The opportunity to work in a public or private agency whose mission includes women's advocacy. Available to students majoring in Women's Studies and students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. Requires a designated supervisor at the field placement (minimum of 7 1/2 hours per week) and a faculty adviser within the College. A paper or project related to the area of the field study is also required. Placement and faculty advisers arranged prior to registration. (Call 204-6953.)

0301. Seminar in Women's Studies (3 s.h.) F

A variable content course which selects one of the topics necessary for a comprehensive understanding of women in society and studies it in depth. The course may focus on a particular group of women, the study of women from a specific perspective, or the position of women in a particular institution. The topic for fall, 1992 will be "Feminist Perspectives in Science."

W363. Feminist Theory (3 s.h.) S

An examination of contemporary feminist theory as it applies to various fields of academic and social discourse. The course encourages critical analysis of the foundation of knowledge. (Capstone W course) (Cross-listed with English W275.)

0397, 0398, 0399. Honors Thesis in Women's Studies (2, 2, 3 s.h. respectively) FS

Individually supervised research and writing, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduating with Honors in Women's Studies. Students may register for Honors Thesis in Women's Studies under the numbers designated as follows: either one semester of 0397 (2 s.h.), and one semester of 0398 (2 s.h.) or one semester of 0399 (3 s.h.)

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