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Women Studies Courses

WOS311 Issues & Debates in Feminist Theory

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course is designed to explore the major issues and debates in feminist theory. Feminist texts from the Arab world, and other cultures, are used. The course is interdisciplinary, and will draw materials from literary criticism, sociology, anthropology, political science, and literature.

WOS312 Women and Economic Power

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course aims to explain the economic role played by women at both the household and national levels. The main topics include the participation of women in the labor force, wage differentials, and occupational distribution by gender, as well as determinants of women’s active economic participation, and their contribution to national development.

WOS313 Women in the Arab World – Sociological Perspectives

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course examines the roles and status of Arab women in relation to various societal factors, including a brief overview of the legal rights as stated in the personal status code. Class discussions will analyze the changes by identifying determinants and patterns of change. Students are also introduced to basic gender, and feminist, perspectives on the status of women in Arab societies.

Prerequisite: ENG 102 English II

WOS412 Representations of Women in Arts & Media

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course deals with the media, and the various art forms such as cinema, music, poetry, art, the novel, etc., from the Arab and other cultures. Representations of women are examined from historical and sociological perspectives, and patterns are identified as a basis for evaluation of women’s position in society.