May 22, 2022  
2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Wildlife Ecology

  
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    WLE 479 - Wildlife Conservation in a Changing World


    The course will focus on the main drivers of global change (e.g. land-use change, climate change) and how they impact the behavior, ecology and population dynamics of wild animals. Each driver will be analyzed for both the causes (e.g., what are the effects of land-use change) and the mitigation (e.g. habitat restoration). The course will contain a mix of lectures, class/home exercises, discussions of relevant journal articles, student presentations and production of a short video.

    Prerequisites: WLE 220

    Course Typically Offered: Spring, Odd Years

    Credits: 3
  
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    WLE 490 - Special Problems


    Original investigation in wildlife work, the subject to be chosen after consultation with the staff.

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and a 3.0 GPA or higher and permission.

    Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Credits: Ar

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  
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    WGS 101 - Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


    An introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and to its perspectives.  The course will use interdisciplinary perspectives to begin to examine the categories of gender and sexuality, as they intersect with race, ethnicity, class, nationality, disability and other sites of social inequality.

    General Education Requirements:  Ethics, Social Contexts and Institutions, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives

    Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 103 - Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies


    Introduces the major perspectives and issues in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer studies, including histories and institutions, identities and representations, and cultures and subcultures.

    General Education Requirements:  Social Contexts and Institutions, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives

    Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 201 - Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


    An interdisciplinary, second-level study of topics relevant to women, gender, and sexuality.  May be taken more than once for credit if the topics differs. WGS 101 is recommended as a prerequisite.

    Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 203 - Men and Masculinities


    This course examines the social construction of masculinity in Western culture, exploring men’s experiences in our society from multiple vantage points and examining the ways in which masculinity is understood, represented, and constructed in Western society.  If this course was taken under as a topics course in  WGS 201, it cannot be repeated for credit. It is recommended that students take WGS 101 before taking this course.

    General Education Requirements: Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives and Social Context & Institutions

    Course Typically Offered: Fall, Odd Years

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 205 - Introduction to Feminist and Critical Data Analysis


    The course will feature a certain tension as we learn how to leverage software and mathematical methods to analyze publicaly available data to investigate the history and present of marginalized groups and social inequities.  Alongside this technical and quantitative work, we will consider various critiques of quantitative methods and Western knowledge in general.  WGS 101 - Intro to WGS is a recommended prerequisite.

    General Education Requirements: Quantitative Literacy and Social Context and Institutions

    Course Typically Offered: Fall

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 230 - Women, Health, and the Environment


    Examines the roles of women in shaping current practices and policies of the Western health care system and related environmental issues. It will draw on the work of Rachel Carson and modern women healers of the body and the ecosystem. Students are encouraged to be involved in transformational work at the local, personal or more global level.

    General Education Requirements:  Ethics and Population and the Environment

    Prerequisites: WGS 101 or permission.

    Course Typically Offered: Spring, Odd Years

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 250 - Women and Music


    Explores the contributions and roles of women as composers, performers, teachers, conductors and patrons in Western Art music, non-Western art music and popular music. A wide spectrum of musical compositions by women in various styles will be studied, through recordings and live performances.

    WGS 101 is recommended before taking this course.

    General Education Requirements:  Artistic and Creative Expression, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives

    Course Typically Offered: Fall

    Credits: 3

  
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    WGS 270 - Gender in Native American Cultures


    This course explores the concept of gender in indigenous communities of North America. Course materials will explore historical and contemporary perspectives of gender and sexual orientation to better understand how Native communities define and practice gender. NAS 101 or WGS 101 is a recommended prerequisite. (WGS 270 and NAS 270 are identical courses.)

    General Education Requirements:  Social Context and Institutions and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives

    Course Typically Offered: Spring

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 298 - Directed Study in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


    Individual study, research, field experience and writing projects in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and related areas, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member associated with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, arranged on request. (Contact the program office for an information sheet.)

    Prerequisites: WGS 101 and Permission.

    Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

    Credits: Ar
  
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    WGS 301 - Intermediate Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


    An interdisciplinary, intermediate study of topics relevant to women, gender, and sexuality.  May be taken more than once for credit if the topics differ. WGS 101 is a recommended prerequisite.

    Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 303 - SL: Social Movements, Media and Change


    This course considers the roles of gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, ability, and nationality in relationship to an understanding of social movements and social change, with a special emphasis on the role of social media in these areas.  The course also provides students with an opportunity to engage in social change through a service learning project.  If this course was taken under its topic course designator,  WGS 201, it cannot be repeated for credit. It is recommended that students take WGS 101 before taking this course.

    General Education Requirements: Social Context and Institutions and Cultural Diversity and International Perspective

    Course Typically Offered: Fall, Odd Years

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 340 - Transnational Feminisms


    Constraints of geography on social and cultural arrangements are receding, a process with implications for the world’s women.  Diverse transnational feminists provide different lenses on women’s work in factories, immigration, sex tourism, etc.

    General Education Requirements:  Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives

    Course Typically Offered:

    Spring

    Credits: 3

  
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    WGS 360 - Gender and Cinema


    This course examines the connections between gender and cinema by examining gender theory, film criticism, and the history of the opposed as well as recent activist movements around production, inclusion, and representation.  The course also serves as an introduction to major developments in feminist film theory since its emergence in the 1970s. WGS 101 is a recommended prerequisite.

    General Education Requirements:  Artistic and Creative Expression, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives

    Course Typically Offered: Fall, Even Years

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 395 - Internship in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


    Approved work experience for departmental majors in the application of WGS-related topics to practical, theoretical or research problems in any public service agency, business, or other setting approved by the program.  Requirements include an initial written application showing the projected experience and its relevance to WGS, periodic logs or summaries, plus a final written report.

    Prerequisites: Permission

    Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

    Credits: 1-6
  
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    WGS 401 - Advanced Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


    An advanced, interdisciplinary study of topics such as “Interpersonal Violence” or “Global Feminism”. May be taken more than once if the topics differ.

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and WGS 101.

    Course Typically Offered: Fall and Spring

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 410 - Feminist, Gender and Queer Theory


    An introduction to the overlapping but sometimes conflicting traditions of feminist, gender, and queer theories.

    General Education Requirements:  Ethics

    Prerequisites: 6 hours of WGS courses, including WGS 101 or permission.

    Course Typically Offered: Fall

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 480 - Senior Seminar in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


    This course is a culmination of the undergraduate major in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies whereby students will reflect on, review, and apply important theories, concepts, and principles in this interdisciplinary field of study.  In addition to a collaborative, class-wide, feminist praxis of these concepts, each student conducts an individual capstone project applying feminist, gender, and queer theories and methodologies.

    General Education Requirements:  Social Contexts and Institutions, Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives, Writing Intensive, and Capstone

    Prerequisites: WGS 101, WGS 103, WGS 340, WGS 410 and Senior Standing or permission

    Course Typically Offered: Spring

    Credits: 3
  
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    WGS 498 - Directed Study in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


    Advanced, individual study, field experience, research and writing projects in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and related areas, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member associated with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, arranged on request.  (Contact the program office for an information sheet.)

    Prerequisites: WST 101; junior or senior standing and permission.

    Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

    Credits: Ar
 

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