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Gender and History (FGSS Gateway)

FGSS 269
Fall 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HIST 179, COL 323
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

What is sex and gender in history? 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 philosophers, physicians, and theologians defined sex differences and sexualities in the pre-modern past. 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 (1500-1800). How were sex and gender identities negotiated in the actual lived experience of early modern people? We will examine both gender norms and the evidence of the lives of men and women as reflected in primary historical sources.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FGSS)(HIST)(SISP-FGSS Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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