History of Women in Asia (HIST*3580) | College of Arts

History of Women in Asia (HIST*3580)

Code and section: HIST*3580*01

Term: Winter 2022

Instructor: Norman Smith


Department of History – Winter 2022
HIST 3580: History of Women in Asia
Instructor: Professor Norman Smith
email: nsmith06@uoguelph.ca

Method of Delivery: 

Each week, this course will have an in-person component – a discussion seminar class.

Lectures, one a week, will be recorded and uploaded to CourseLink. In-person attendance is highly encouraged and recommended.


This course will introduce students to a selection of topics in women’s history in Asia. We will examine, in a roughly chronological fashion, how women’s lives intersected, and were intersected by, variables of ethnicity, class, gender, social status, material culture, intellectual life, and ideology in China, Japan, and South Asia. We will privilege gender as a tool for analysis to focus on women as subjects of historical analysis, with due recognition of the complexities that determine and shape their subjectivities. This course will incorporate current and past debates to familiarize us with issues and problems that arise in re-thinking the past from a woman-centred perspective. Course materials will include primary and secondary documents.

Assessment Details:

Research Paper: 30%
Critical Evaluation Assignments: (2 x 10%) 20% -- Date: On Date Presented to Class
Participation: 20% 
Final Exam: 30%

Texts and/or Resources Required:

There is no textbook for the class. All assigned readings will be available on the HIST*3580 CourseLink site

**Please note: This is a preliminary website 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.**