Gender and History (FGSS Gateway)
Spring 2017 not offered
FGSS 269, COL 323
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory, International Relations
What is a female husband? In the 1980s an increasing number of feminist scholars posed questions about the relationship between biological sex and gender roles. The African scholar Ifi Amadiume, who studied the history of female husbands in West Africa, asserted that such relationships between sex and gender needed to be studied in a global context. More than two decades after Amadiume's influential book MALE DAUGHTERS, FEMALE HUSBANDS: GENDER AND SEX IN AN AFRICAN SOCIETY (1987) was published, the scholarship on global gender and sexuality is vibrant and dynamic. These works have shown gender to be central to understanding society at different periods and geographical locations, but it is far from a universally understood category. This seminar will introduce first- and second-year students to the history of gender, sex, and the body from a global and comparative perspective with readings from the history of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. We will also cover the development of influential theories in the field and how they apply to the writing of history. This course is especially appropriate for prospective history and feminist, gender, and sexuality majors, though all students interested in using gender as category of historical analysis for their scholarly work in other fields are welcome.
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|Course Format: Discussion
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FGSS)(SISP-FGSS Conc)
|Examinations and Assignments:
Each student will write four discussion papers. A draft of a research proposal will be handed in at midterm; and a finished 10-15 page research proposal will be due at the end of the semester. Students will present their proposals orally to the rest of the class at midterm and just prior to completing a final draft.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
This course is a gateway to the FGSS major and to the "Gender and History" concentration in the History Department.
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