Spring 2014 not offered
HIST 179, COL 323|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
What is sex and gender in history? What defined maleness and femaleness in the past? Was there conceptual space for any other sexes? 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 premodern scientists and theologians defined sex differences and sexualities. 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 (1500-1750). What were the gender norms prescribed for this society? How were sex and gender identities negotiated in the actual lived experience of early modern people? We will examine the tensions within patriarchy through the lens of historical sources both descriptive and prescriptive.
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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.
|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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