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Undergraduate & Graduate Program - Approved Departmental Electives

CHF 451: Family Relationships
The study of traditional and non-traditional family units as a system of interactions between individuals.

CHF 452: Violence in the Family
Major forms of family violence, including child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and spouse abuse, are examined to provide students with an understanding of the development of dysfunctional forms of family interaction, descriptive knowledge of the prevalence of violent relationships at the national and local level, the necessary skills for identifying victims of abuse and the services available to them, and a preliminary understanding of the challenge of designing intervention strategies.

CMJ 405: Women and Communication
A systematic study of research by and about women with regard to language, speech, and communication pragmatics, discussed within a variety of communication contexts.

CMJ 475: Sexualities in Mass Communication
Systematic examination of the representation and construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer sexualities in mainstream and alternative mass media.

ENG 246: American Women’s Literature
A survey of the main traditions and writers in American women’s literature from the origins to the present.

ENG 256: British Women’s Literature
A survey of British women writers and their traditions from the origins to the present.

ENG 471: Literature, Gender, and Gender Theory
An examination of the major theoretical tendencies in contemporary feminist criticism, stressing connections with Marxist criticism, Freudianism, existentialism, and poststructuralism. Includes a section on feminist aesthetics.

ENG 481: Topics in Women’s Literature
An advanced study of specific areas of women’s literature: for example, African-American Women’s Literature, Women and the novel, Emily Dickinson, etc.

HTY 332: Womanhood in America
Examines the changing experiences of American women from colonial times to the present. Emphasis on what women did and what they were told to do, the experience of different groups of women, and the ways in which women worked to change their situation.

HTY 494: Women, History, & American Society: Selected Topics
Examines the changing experiences of American women via several intensive, topical interdisciplinary explorations. Emphasis on women’s historical relationship with different institutions or bodies of knowledge. Possible topics include: history of women, family, and the law, women and technology, women, and work, or women and racism.

NUR 420: Women in Health
Explores political, economic, and social factors influencing women’s health from a feminist perspective. Philosophic emphasis on concepts of creativity, humanistic care, the autonomy and unique individuality of each participant, and the growth and development of all participants.

PHI 236: Feminist Ethical, Social and Political Theory
A survey of the major feminist theoretical frameworks with emphasis on their respective practical implications in the areas of work, family life and sexuality. Satisfies the General Education Ethics, Western Cultural Tradition, Social Contexts and Institutions and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements. Cr 3.

POS 385: Women and Politics
Examines women as citizens and leaders and also examines movements to increase women’s public role in U.S. politics. Considers racial, ehtnic, partisan and class dimensions of those movements and political activities and the influence of government policies on gender relations.

SOC 304: Sociology of Lesbian and Gay Families and Relationships
Social, familial and legal issues surrounding the formation of lesbian and gay marriages, domestic partnerships and families that include children. Relationship dynamics, sexuality, and parenting among lesbian and gay partners, and differences (when present) from heterosexual experiences. Issues arising at the intersections of sexual orientation with gender, race, and social class. The shifting nature of lesbian and gay sexual identities in a postmodern world. (This course is identical to SOC 404.) Satisfies the General Education Ethics and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or WST 101 or CHF 200 or CHF 351 or permission. Cr 3.

SOC 319: Domestic Violence and Social Structure
Examines domestic conflict and violence internationally, nationally and within the state of Maine. Emphasizes the social and political context of domestic violence including the ways in which a society’s culture and social organization contribute to and reinforce this behavior. Incidence, processes and consequences of domestic violence are explored as well as strategies for social change. Satisfies the General Education Social Contexts and Institutions Requirement. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Sociology or permission. Cr 3.

SOC: 329: Sociology of Gender
Analysis of contemporary constructions of gender.  Emphasis on the interpersonal and institutional dimensions of sexism and the prospects of social change.

SOC 330: Perspectives on Women
Multidisciplinary analysis of the personal, interpersonal, and institutional dimensions of women’s lives. Explores commonalties among women as well as differences based on race, social class, age, and sexual identity.

SOC 345: Women, Crime, & Criminal Justice
Examines theories of women’s criminality; patterns of women’s criminal behavior; crimes committed against women; and the experience of women as defendants, prisoners, and professionals in the criminal justice system.

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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
101 Fernald Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1228 | Fax: (207) 581-1218
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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