Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Wilson, Michael
Discipline and Number
HIST 3324 Section 001
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Women in European Society

Description of Course:

This course will examine the varied historical experiences of women in European societies between approximately 1750 and 1985. Beginning with the transition to modernity, we will attempt to construct an understanding of the lives of women of different eras, different nations, and different social classes.

We will consider the multiple relations of women to the family, work, and politics. Our aim will be to identify both how modern European societies have defined the "proper" role of women and how women have collectively and individually adapted, challenged, and transformed such definitions.

Required Texts:

Purchase ONLY these editions

Jane Austen, Lady Susan
Melville House 978-1935554356

Alexandra Kollontai, Love of Worker Bees
Academy Chicago 978-0897330015

Fran├žoise Sagan, A Certain Smile
Univ. of Chicago 978-0226733470

Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier
Penguin 978-0141180656

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly readings; class attendance and participation; informal writing; midterm examination; two 3-5 page papers; final examination.

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