Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes

March 24, 2009


Members Present: Ahmed, Johnson, Kastantin, Rolfhus, Socha, Sullivan, Zheng

Consultants Present: Schumacher, Dittman, Burkhardt, Walls

Members absent: Berlin, (exc.), Decker

Guests: Severson, Hoskins, Hoar, K.


  1. Approval of March 10, 2009 minutes


M/S/P to approve minutes


  1.  Second readings: none


  1. First readings:


Women’s Studies Major – 33 total credits, effective Fall 2009


WGS  215  Transnational Women’s Issues  3 cr.,  new course, effective Fall 2009

An introduction to women’s issues across nations, continents, and cultures. Students will examine women’s status and power, their cross-cultural differences, their reproductive rights, their paid and unpaid labor, their participation in religion, politics, their sexuality, their country’s stand on gender-based violence, and the effects of globalization and gender equality movements on women. The course will also study how common issues create connection for women and how these common issues and gendered challenges provide the basis for transnational feminist movements. Prerequisite: none. Offered Fall.


WGS  225  Women and Leadership  3 cr.,  new course, effective Fall 2009

This class investigates women’s leadership and develops students’ leadership skills. Students will examine women’s under-representation in formal public positions of power while also evaluating the strengths women can and do bring to leadership, and the emerging possibilities for women’s’ leadership capacity in a rapidly changing world. Special attention will be paid to women’s changing roles in the workplace. Students will critically evaluate leadership models, especially as they pertain to gender, race, and class. Prerequisite: none. Offered alternate years.


WGS  373  Gender and Human Rights  3 cr.,  new course, effective Fall 2009

This course will provide an overview of transnational women’s human rights movements in four or five locations around the world; locations will vary with instructor. Included in this overview will be the study of women’s political participation as a human rights issue; women’s bodily integrity as a human right; violence against women and reproductive sexual health and rights; human rights as a framework for social and economic and gender justice; and human rights as (quasi) legal accountability; UN agreements, treaties and venues of redress. Prerequisites: WGS 100, or 210, or 215, or 230, or EFN 205; or ERS 100. Offered Fall odd years.


WGS/HIS  376  Childhood in the United States  3 cr.,  new course, effective Fall 2009

This course explores the vast diversity of children’s experiences in American history while also examining contemporary issues for children. The course explores differences of gender, race, and class distinctions in the socialization, experiences, economic, cultural, and social positions of children in society, and also examines change and continuity in our cultural ideals of childhood and children’s rights. Prerequisite: none. Offered Fall alternate years.


WGS  390  Social Justice Research Methods  3 cr.,  new course, effective Fall 2009

This course answers the question that most caring people want answered: how can we fix this problem? Students will engage in the process of strategizing, whatever the issue (gender bias, racism, homophobia, environmental degradation, disability bias), and whatever the setting (a workplace, neighborhood, campus, or beyond). Course activities organize around the processes behind social change: strategic analysis, organizing, action planning, and evaluation, developing students’ ability to create the knowledge necessary for complex problem-solving. Students learn and use the quantitative, qualitative, and critical research methods necessary to inform decisions at each step along a generalized pathway to change. Students going on to graduate school and students entering the workforce in a variety of fields like social work, community organizing, communication, and management will benefit from this course. Prerequisites: WS 100, or 210, or 230, or EFN 205, or ERS 100; plus 9 additional credits in courses approved for WGSS.


WS  260  Women in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest  3 cr.,  course deletion, effective Fall 2009


This was a 1st reading; there will be a 2nd reading. There was a request to consider requiring a double major. The committee made revisions to some of the course descriptions, titles and other minor areas which will be reflected in the March 31 agenda.


BIO  410  Human Cadaver Dissection  1 cr.,  new course, effective Fall 2009

This supervised cadaver dissection course uses a regional anatomy approach and is designed to improve students’ competency in human gross anatomy. Students will prepare a human cadaver prosection for use in undergraduate anatomy and physiology laboratories. In addition to dissections, students will use computer-based learning projects and literature reviews to enhance their understanding of human anatomy and the historical and current role of cadavers in society. Lab 3. Prerequisites: BIO 312, BIO 313, BIO 479. Offered Summer.


M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal


  1. New business:

At the March 31 meeting Sue Knudson and Chris Bakkum will demonstrate the

PeopleSoft advisement report.


  1. Old business: none


  Meeting adjourned: 4:53 p.m.