Women and Cultural Change (HIST*2930) | College of Arts

Women and Cultural Change (HIST*2930)

Code and section: HIST*2930*01

Term: Fall 2017

Instructor: Rebecca Beausaert


Course Synopsis:

Using gender and ethnicity as the main categories of analysis, this course examines the history of women in North America, beginning in the 15th century and concluding in the later 20th century. The roles women have played in political, economic, and private life will be emphasized. Major historical events which prompted significant cultural change, such as colonization, the witch trials, slavery, Victorianism, suffrage, wartime, and reproductive rights will be explored. Significant attention will be paid to important social history paradigms such as race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, religion, and class.

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Participation: 15%
Primary Source Analysis: 20%
Commemorative Plaque Assignment Part I (Proposal): 10%
Commemorative Plaque Assignment Part II (Essay and Plaque Text): 25%
Final Exam: 30%

Texts and/or Resources Required:

Nancy F. Cott et. al., eds. Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women. Northeastern University Press, 1996.
Harriet Jacobs (writing as Linda Brent), Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. London: Signet Classics, 2010.
Journal articles available via University of Guelph library system & Courselink

*Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.