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Women's Studies 175-176

This course will take a new look at the history of the world using a gender perspective. We will investigate how social, economic, and religious transformations shaped concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality, and how in turn, these identities shaped the history of civilizations and continue to influence our world today. We will touch on events and developments in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania, and gain a basic acquaintance with world civilizations from prehistory to the present.

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Completion of English 100.

Pedagogical Approach

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Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes:

·       Investigate how social, economic, and religious transformations shaped concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality, and how in turn, these identities shaped the history of civilizations and continue to influence our world today. ·       Critically examine historical events from approximately 1500 CE to the present in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania through an analysis of readings and videos from a gendered perspective.

·       Critically examine historical events from approximately preshistory to the present in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania through an analysis of readings and videos from a gendered perspective.

Assessment

Final Research Project: There will be a final written project due at the end of the semester. You may select any aspect of this course that was of particular interest to you and do a research paper. As we go through the centuries this semester, I’d like you to think about what particular time period grabs your interest . . .OR you might be interested in investigating more about the history of one particular country . . . OR you might like to take one aspect of life and follow it through the centuries. Your project might cover something that I have neglected in preparing this course.   This paper is to be 4-5 pages, complete with references, and remember that each page runs approximately 250 words. Please use 12 font in either Arial or Times New Roman, and standard margins. Use only black and no fancy fonts.   Whatever you think best suits you and your personality, be thinking about it from the very beginning of the semester. By the middle of the semester, I would like you to let me know what you have decided to do. Even if you don’t have it completely worked out yet, you need to have a general idea of where you’re going with your final research project. Talk with me about your ideas because I may be able to help you, or even be able to recommend a book or two for your research.

Other Information

Discussions: By the due date of each assigned module:

·       You will give a quality response to at least two of the other students’ reflections or posts. This will constitute your participation grade.

·       Please read http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html in order to learn “netiquette.”

·       I probably will take part in these discussions, but not all the time. I will, however, be responding to each of the assignments, sometimes individually and sometimes collectively.