Sophomore Seminar: Gender and History (FGSS Gateway)|
Fall 2009 not offered
This Sophomore Seminar is designed to introduce students to the use of gender as a category for historical analysis and to the idea of gender as something that needs to be historicized as part of our scholarly work in other fields. The course highlights critical perspectives on the history of gender categories, the ways in which disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches create choices for how we study gender, and the relationship between gender identity and sexuality. Students will also acquire tools for analyzing the ways in which politics construct gender and gender constructs politics. 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 feminist, gender, and sexuality studies majors.
Students will write short papers designed to teach them how to analyze and make use of secondary source materials. A final paper will teach students how to research and write a persuasive research proposal and how to find the primary sources that they will work with. Students will be asked to be individually responsible for presenting articles and structuring discussions; each student will also be asked to present a research proposal at the middle and the end of the semester.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FGSS)(SISP-FGSS Conc)
Joanna Bourke, AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF KILLING;
Yen Le Espiritu, ASIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN AND MEN;
Dorothy Ko, CINDERELLA'S SISTERS;
Deirdre McClosky, CROSSING;
Thomas Laqueur, MAKING SEX;
Jennifer Morgan, LABORING WOMEN;
Jocelyn Olcott, REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN IN POSTREVOLUTIONARY MEXICO;
Joan Scott, ONLY PARADOXES TO OFFE;
David Serlin, REPLACEABLE YOU.
|Examination 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.