Spring 2013 not offered
HIST 179, COL 323|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
What is sex and gender in history? This history seminar for first and second year students explores what these terms meant in the Western tradition from the Greeks through the 17th century. It looks at current concepts and at the ways philosophers, physicians, and theologians defined sex differences and sexualities in the pre-modern past. How were sexuality and sexual difference understood and how did notions of gender shape broader ideas about the nature of human beings, their behavior, and their relationships? After surveying how masculinity and femininity emerged as ideas in the classical, Judeo-Christian, and Islamic worlds, we will focus on the gender system of the early modern period (1500-1800). How were sex and gender identities negotiated in the actual lived experience of early modern people? We will examine both gender norms and the evidence of the lives of men and women as reflected in primary historical sources.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||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.
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This course is a gateway to the FGSS major and to the "Gender and History" concentration in the History Department.
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