Spring 2020 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This introductory course critically analyzes gender and women’s history through the experiences of those born as or living as female, from colonial North America to the contemporary United States. We will examine the perspectives of Native, European, African, Mexican, and Asian American women, as well as those who challenge gender binaries, within the contexts of historical change in the U.S. Integrating both historical and scholarly sources, this course is organized around three main themes and questions in women’s history: What are the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality? How did an economic shift from the family economy to wage earning shape gender ideologies and women’s lives? How has citizenship been gendered? The course will examine how women’s history provides a crucial perspective on broader American history, and also how and why it is a dynamic and unique area of study. We will examine a variety of historical sources, including political writings, photographs, music, and film. In the process, you will hone your skills of written analysis and oral communication.
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