History | WOMEN AND WORK IN AMERICA
J450 | 2963 | Gamber
2:30-4:30P R BH321
A portion of above section reserved for majors
Above section COAS intensive writing and also
requires registration in COAS W333
What counts as "work"? What kinds of work have American women
performed from the eighteenth century to the present? Why and how did
some occupations become "women's work"? What happened when women
sought to do "men's work"? Has paid employment always been synonymous
with "liberation"? What has been the relationship between gender, on
one hand, and class, race, and ethnicity, on the other? What has
changed over the past 250 years and what has remained the same?
This course has several goals: (1) to introduce you to some of the
literature that asks these questions; (2) to encourage you to
contribute actively to lively but respectful discussions of the issues
this course explores; (3) to encourage you to read, think, and write
critically; (4) to improve the quality of your written work; and (5)
to introduce you to the process of historical research and writing - -
if this is your first seminar - - or to improve these skills if it is
Requirements: Reading assignments will include both primary and
secondary sources, and will average about 150-200 pages a week.
Regular class attendance and active participation will be mandatory.
Written assignments will consist of very short weekly papers (about
500-600 words each), based on course readings, and one longer research
paper (about 8-15 pages), based on primary sources. This course meets
the intensive writing requirement.