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

Women and Cultural Change (HIST*2930)

Code and section: HIST*2930*01

Term: Winter 2023

Instructor: Martina Meyer


INSTRUCTOR: Martina Meyer, PhD
TIME: Thursday, 7-9:50PM
LOCATION: MacKinnon Room

Suffragette, social reformer, bohemian feminist, working-class militant, femme fatale, have all, over time, come to epitomize the New Woman. Women and Cultural Change is a humanities-oriented analysis of conditions and cultural representations of women within the social and historical contexts of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, through engagement with a range of traditions and modes of representation including history, literature, mass media and popular culture. The course will investigate the ways in which culture shapes women’s experiences and the roles women have played in political, economic, and private life, particularly in North America, but will also bring in comparisons with other geographical and historical contexts. Broad in its chronological scope, the course is not intended to be comprehensive but provide a historical context for the evolution of culture and women’s roles as agents of change.

Student Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Analyze, evaluate, and interpret primary and secondary sources. 
  2. Analyze and apply historical patterns and current events to your own lives and experiences. 
  3. Analyze how power operates in society, through the categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. 
  4. Develop and support an argument or thesis statement with historical evidence. 

Course Learning Outcomes - Developing Skills as Historians 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Locate a primary source through online research. 
  2. Analyze primary sources by putting them into historical context. 
  3. Formulate your own historical arguments and effectively communicate them in writing. 
  4. Situate yourself in contemporary society based on historical context. 

Required Text

Ellen Carol DuBois; Lynn Dumenil. 2019. Through Women's Eyes. Bedford/St Martins Publishers, 5th edition.
Available as an ebook or paperback. 

Highly Recommended

Kerber, Linda K., Jane Sherron De Hart, Cornelia Hughes Dayton, and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu. Women’s America: Refocusing the Past, 9th edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. 


Discussion Posts x 12 - 20%
Class Discussion - 5%
Midterm - 20%
Term Project Presentation* - 30%
Final Exam / Take Home - 25%