This sophomore seminar is designed to introduce students to the use of gender as a category for historical analysis. The course highlights research skills, critical thinking, and debate about the nature and connections among gender and history. It provides a thematic overview of current research topics in the study of women, men, gender, and sexuality, as well as new methods and approaches to conventional topics of interest to historians: power, agency, experience, social movements, events, and ideas. Students learn how to write histories that focus on women's experiences and acquire tools for analyzing the ways in which politics construct gender and gender constructs politics. They also develop critical thinking about the assumptions, practices, and rhetoric of the discipline of history, discovering how the writing of history is not simply a record of changes in the social organization of gender but also, a participant in the production of knowledge and perceptions of sexual difference. Throughout the course, attention will be paid to the intersection of gender with other primary modes of power: race, class, sexuality, nationalism, and ethnicity. The course is especially appropriate for prospective history and women's studies majors.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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