Towson University Women's Studies


Fall 2010 Course Offerings–Graduate
July 14, 2010, 12:00 pm
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This fall, we are offering the following graduate coures.

Masculinities in Perspective–Examines the social construction of masculinities in the United States. Topics include men at work, male sexuality, men and violence, pornography, significant relationships, fatherhood and family life, pop culture, male centered social movements and changes over the lifecycle. Special attention will be paid to race, class, sexuality, age and other differences.

B-More: Baltimore and Urban Communities–In this course, we will analyze the several significant political, economic and cultural issues facing Baltimore and other urban communities. The central focus of this course will be on poverty, discrimination, economic development, and the criminal justice system—with special attention paid to gender, race, class, and youth.

Women and Not for Profit Leadership: Governance and Advocacy –Examines the role of governance and advocacy in the not-for-profit organization with attention to women’s roles and issues. Topics include strategic planning, board governance and community power-building.

Women in an International Context–Examination of the diverse experiences of women in a variety of national and international contexts. Particular attention will be devoted to how global forces impact women’s lives today and the diverse ways that women struggle against inequality.

Advanced Feminist Theory–Major feminist theories on women’s experience, emphasizing the areas in the graduate concentrations: workplace, health, public policy and international.

Women and Health–An interdisciplinary study of women’s health from a holistic perspective that builds on socioeconomic, political and biological aspects of women’s health.

PSYC 570—Social Stigma–This course is an upper-level special topics seminar on Social Stigma. Stigma refers to a quality or attribute which damages or devalues a person’s character in a particular situation or context (Goffman, 1963). To this end, a stigmatizing trait in one context may not carry any stigma in another context. Some stigmatizing qualities include age, race, gender sexual orientation, size, handicap status, HIV status, and physical defect. Research in this area primarily focuses on the experiences of those who are stigmatized, so that will be our approach as well. Over the course of the semester, we will discuss evolutionary explanations for why people stigmatize others, we will differentiate between stigmas that are controllable/uncontrollable and concealable/unconcealable, we will learn about the (surprising) relationship between stigma and self-esteem, we will discuss health and achievement outcomes for members of stigmatized groups, and explore the special nature of interactions between stigmatized and non-stigmatized people. All of this will happen in a discussion (rather than lecture) format. As such, an important aspect of this class is that students are prepared each week by reading and critically analyzing the assigned readings prior to coming to class.

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