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Summer institute course offerings

WMS — 505 Women, Heal Thyself: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women's Health Issues

wmhealIn modern Western culture, the female body has traditionally been viewed by the male dominated medical establishment as inherently diseased, perpetually ill. Alternative visions of women's health and healing challenge this ideology. Through cross-cultural literary, historical, and anthropological materials as well as special films and presentations, this course expands the definition of the healthy female body and of women's healing arts. Focusing primarily on women's body issues in contemporary North America, the course engages with the dynamics of race, class, abilities/disabilities, gender identities, appearances/lookism, the politics of health and health activism, ecofeminist issues, family and work balance issues, women and AIDS, childbirth and maternity care and explores the implications of alternative medicine for women.

WMS — 518 A Woman's Place is in the Curriculum: A Multicultural Approach
This special seven day summer institute is designed for educators, librarians, and others interested in women's studies. Having an interdisciplinary perspective, it is co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, the Education Department, and the History Department. Students will enhance their critical thinking skills and broaden their perspectives by discovering knowledge through women's eyes. They will learn strategies for developing new curricula that offer diverse perspectives to their constituents and celebrate women's contributions and lives. Through hands-on experiences, students explore approaches for infusing multicultural women's studies into the curriculum for K-12. Course includes workshops, guest speakers, and a review of curriculum materials. The course places a major emphasis on the NCATE standard on diversity.

WMS 599 — Ecofeminist Perspectives: Women, Nature, Spirituality, and  Ecology
Ecofeminism is the theoretical analysis of the connection between the exploitation and degradation of the natural world and the subordination and oppression of women created by the construction of differences into conceptual binaries and ideological hierarchies which, in turn, are used to justify a systematic domination. Ecofeminism is also an international movement that addresses the distortions and perversions of the current relationship between humans and non-human forms of life. This institute explores the theoretical connections between the mastery of women and the mastery of nature in historical and cultural contexts, the developments of ecofeminist theory and its relation to ecology and to other branches of feminist philosophies, and the global movements that bring ecofeminist principles into practice. It also explores the connection between ecology and spirituality in the newly postulated 'Ecozoic Age' and the new religious movements that center on the connection between ecofeminism and the sacred.

For more information on summer institute offerings, please contact:

Dr. Rosalyn Amenta
Office of Student Affairs, Engleman A106

Phone: (203) 393-5864