Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Throughout U.S. history, debates about women’s place in society have been at the forefront of public consciousness. This course is organized around the major turning points in that history when women’s status was brought into question. Through class discussions, lectures, readings and several documentary films, we will examine the history of women, gender relations, and notions of sex difference in the United States from the colonial era to present times. We will analyze both the forces that maintained gendered order in American society and the aspirations and agency of those who sought to change it. In so doing, we will pay careful attention to women’s varied experiences and expectations across divisions of class, race, and region. Key themes will include work, politics, citizenship, reproduction, sociability, and sexuality.
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