Sex and Violence in Nineteenth-Century America (3) Historical Overview of Sex and Violence in the Nineteenth-Century United States.
HIST (WMNST) 266Y Sex and Violence in Nineteenth-Century America (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
"Sex and Violence in Nineteenth-Century America" is an introductory course in the social and cultural history of the United States designed to reveal the importance of the past to the present by showing how two basic human activities have changed over time in both ideology and practice. Both sex and violence are incredibly broad topics; this class will not provide a comprehensive overview. Rather we will focus on a few intriguing topics, including courtship, prostitution, the early popular culture of sports, slavery, military violence including the Civil War, exploitative journalism, and sex and violence as metaphor. We will also examine the “creation” of homosexuality in the nineteenth century, and manner in which masculinity has been historically constructed. The main purposes of the course are to introduce students to some major issues in nineteenth-century social and cultural history, and to acquaint students with “historical method,” those techniques historians use to research and interpret the past.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.