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Gender and History: Women Working, the U.S., and Global Capitalism Since 1900 (FGSS Gateway)

HIST 291
Fall 2018
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: FGSS 269, COL 323
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory, Civic Engagement

This seminar will introduce first- and second-year students to the history of gender, sexuality, and women's paid work in the context of the U.S. and global capitalism since 1900. In this perspective, "U.S." does not denote only the bordered United States, but also a political, economic, and cultural hub for currents of transnational capital and labor. While women have always worked, ideas about "woman's work" shift across race, class, region, and time. Feminist historians have studied gender roles, work, and labor activism, yet recent histories of capitalism too often ignore women's history, gender analysis, and sexualities. Readings will include histories of women in various parts of the world, where they often labored for U.S. enterprises. We will discuss influential theories in the field of gender and sexuality studies and how they apply to the writing of such history. All students interested in gender as a category of historical analysis for their scholarly work in any field, as well as prospective history and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies majors, will benefit from this course.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(COL)(CSCT)(FGSS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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