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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 322
Course Title: *Women and Gender in World History
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course examines the history of women around the globe from 1500 to the present. This course examines gender as a system of power relations that has been integral to the shaping of national and international politics and public policies and to the development of national and international economies. The class  explores the meaning of women's status across continents, cultures and historical periods; examines how women have attempted to define, maintain, or gain power in changing historical circumstances; identifies common dilemmas and struggles faced by women; and considers how changing definitions of gender have intersected with ideas about race and ethnicity throughout world history. Cross-listed as WMST 322. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Junior standing.

 
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional offering.

 
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

 The required text must be assigned and supplemented with a primary documents collection or monograph. Additional primary and secondary sources may be assigned as well.

Choose at least one source from the list marked "primary".



Women in World History: Volume 2: Readings from 1500 to the Present
By Hughes, Sarah and Brady Hughes (M.E. Sharpe)
Required
Women's History in Global Perspective, Volume 1
By Bonnie G. Smith (editor) (Illinois)
Recommended
Globalizing Feminisms 1789-1945
By Offen, Karen (Routledge)
Recommended
Envisioning Women in World History: 1500 - Present
By Pamela McVay (McGraw-Hill)
Category/Comments - Primary
Recommended
Fordham University Women's History Sourcebook (primary)

Category/Comments - Primary
Recommended
Sharing the World Stage: Biography and Gender in World History, Volume 2 (primary)
By Jane Slaughter, et. al. (Cengage)
Recommended
Unbowed (primary)
By Wangari Maathai (Anchor)
Recommended
Aman, the Story of a Somali Girl (primary)
By Barnes, Virginia Lee and Janice Boddy (Vintage)
Recommended
Viramma, Life of an Untouchable (primary)
By Viramma (Verso)
Recommended
Putting Women in Place: Feminist Geographers Make Senseof the World
By Domost, Mona & Joni Seager (Guildford)
Recommended
Global Feminism Since 1945
By Smith, Bonnie (Routledge)
Recommended
Suffrage & Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives
By Daley, Caroline & Melanie Nolan (NYU)
Recommended
Carnal Knowledge & Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule
By Stoler, Ann Laura (California)
Recommended
Women, Feminism, & Social Change in Argentina, Chile & Uruguay 1890-1940
By Lavrin, Asuncion (Nebraska)
Recommended
African Women: A Modern History
By Coquery-Vidrovitch, Catherine (Westview)
Recommended
Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India
By Mani, Lata (California)
Recommended
Scheherazade Goes West: Different Cultures, Different Harems
By Mernissi, Fatema (Washington Square)
Recommended
Writing a Woman's Life
By Heilbrun, Carolyn (Ballantine)
Recommended
The Creation of Patriarchy
By Lerner, Gerda (Oxford)
Recommended
Western Women and Imperalism: Complicity and Resistance
By Chaudhuri and Strobel (Indiana University)
Recommended
I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala (primary)
By Rigoberta Menchu (Verso Press)
Recommended
 
Course Objectives

 

  •  To understand the impact of gender on the development of  African, Asian, Latin American and  European societies, families, politics, and economics.

  •   To study gender as a system of power relations.

  •    To inquire into  women's different based on race, class, and other factors.

  •  To understand how issues of class, race and nation shaped women's and men's lives and how gender differentiates historical experiences.

  •   To understand gender relations within the context of men's and women's lives as individuals, as members of groups, and within  the larger context of world history.

  •  
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:

  •     Describe major themes within Women's world history.

  •     Identify and characterize significant  historical factors which contribute to patterns of change and continuity.

  •     Analyze primary documents within a historical framework.

  •     Define and explain the idea of social constructions of gender.

  •     Describe the concept of "separate spheres" in its historical development, and its subsequent effects upon social structures.

  •     Define and explain the politics of power as it relates to separate spheres and gender construction.

  •     Define and explain the relationship between gender and imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  •    Define and explain the relationship between gender and decolonization in the twentieth century.

  •     Define and explain the diversity of women's experiences in political and social movements and how the social construction of gender shapes and is shaped by these experiences.

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    Topical Outline:
    • Because the course represents an upper-level history elective, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. It must be distinguished as an advanced course by three structural components: extensive reading, intensive writing, and historiographical thinking. It must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (i.e., midterms, finals, team reports, quizzes, research papers). The course reading load should be at least 1000 pp.; the course writing assignments should total c5000 words.
    • Gender and the politics of history
    • Social constructions of gender
    • Women and religion
    • Women's contributions to the art and literature
    • Woman and the advancement of science and learning
    • Industrialization and gendered work
    • Separation of spheres and the cult of domesticity
    • Women and reform movements
    • Feminism and Socialism
    • Women, gender and imperialism
    • Women, gender and decolonization
    • Gender and race
    • Gender and class
    • Women in the social welfare state
     

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

     
    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

     
    Prepared by: Tonia Compton Date: October 17, 2012
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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