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Women's Studies (WMNST)

WMNST 117 (GH;US;IL) (HIST 117) Women in Modern History (3) Modernization and women: changing images and roles since mid-eighteenth century in the family, workshop, politics, society. Cross-cultural comparisons.

WMNST (HIST) 117 Women in Modern History (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

History/Women's Studies 117 is an introductory survey of women in the United States and possibly elsewhere, from the seventeenth to the late twentieth century. The course examines women's history from several different perspectives. First, it introduces students to the methods, sources, and questions of the past thirty years of women's history-writing, and asks students how studying women transforms our understanding of history more generally. Second, it offers a survey of the narrative of modern women's history, stressing women's interactions with the larger processes of economic and political change, their relationship to changing ideologies of gender and feminism, and their complex identities not only as women but as members of a particular race, class, ethnic, and religious group. Throughout, students will ask when gender, and when some other aspect of women's lives and identities, is most salient in identifying the restrictions and opportunities they faced. Third, students will assume the perspective of historians themselves, as they examine primary sources and attempt to make analytic and historical judgments about what they say and why they matter to the larger narrative. Through significant essay-writing assignments, students will develop analytical and writing skills in learning to think historically about women. Questions about race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, as well as gender, are intrinsic to this course. Students will be evaluated based on their class participation, papers, and final exam. This course is cross-listed in History and Women's Studies and fulfills requirements for both programs' majors and minors. HIST/WMNST 117 will be accepted, but not required, for the History Major, the Women's Studies Major, and the Women's Studies Minor.

General Education: GH
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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