|COURSE NUMBER:||HIST 332|
|COURSE TITLE:||Histories of Gender and Sexuality|
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:||Dr. Caroline Lieffers|
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:||credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)|
|COURSE DESCRIPTION:||This course examines the history of gender and
sexuality in Europe and North America, with particular attention to the
period from about 1850 to the present. Key themes include the history
of gender roles and feminist movements, as well as various Indigenous,
legal, scientific, medical, activist, and Christian understandings of
gender and sexuality.
Prerequisites: HIST 204
|REQUIRED TEXTS:||There is no required textbook for the course. Resources will be available via Moodle.|
|MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:||
|COURSE OBJECTIVES:||By the end of this course, students will
|COURSE OUTLINE:||Theme 1:
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality
Guiding Questions: What do historians mean when they talk about gender and sexuality? Isgender history different from the history of sexuality? Why are gender and sexuality important in history? Are understandings of gender and sexuality static over time? How might they shape and get shaped by different societies?
Guiding Questions: How did the ideology of separate spheres crystallize in nineteenthcentury Europe and America? Who violated or was seen to violate this ideal, and what does that tell us about the histories of race, rebellion, sex, and power? How might gender and sexuality intersect with class, race, labour, disability, religion, and other key organizing concepts in history?
Guiding Questions: How have women and families sought to limit their reproduction over the course of the twentieth century? What roles have the law and Christian organizations played in this discussion? What is the relationship between the history of birth control technology and the history of eugenics? How did men address the issue of birth control?
Guiding Questions: How did gay and lesbian communities form and endure in Canada and the United States before the sexual revolution? How did the sexual revolution and gay liberation impact the lives of LGBTQ people? What role did churches and religious communities play in the lives and destinies of LGBTQ people?
Guiding Questions: What were some of the experiences of intersex and trans people in American and European history? How did scientific and social understandings of trans people change over the course of the twentieth century? What can history contribute to our current social conversation around trans rights?
Is the history of gender and sexuality prepared to engage with cross-cultural phenomena? What can knowing the history of gender and sexuality help clarify about our current society?
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions
from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult
the course instructor for up to date details.
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