History | Women, Men, and Soceity in Modern Europe
J400 | 3004 | Bucur-Deckard
Above section open to majors only
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also requires
registration in COAS W333
Above section meets with GNDR G402
This course examines the history of Europe since the French
Revolution beyond the grand narrative of state building and
progress. We will focus instead on the equally significant competing
stories of how relations in the family, the wars between the sexes,
childhood and sexuality have changed over the last two centuries.
We will discuss not only
the influence of political ideas, economic policies and treaties on
facets of modern European society, but also the impact of changes in
gender relations and identities on political and economic
developments. This course will show how private matters have played
an important role in public life. We will not attempt an overarching
overview of the entire period 1789-2002, but rather a series of
discussions (7) on some of the most important topics connected to the
history of gender in modern Europe.
This course will also focus on enabling you to write a research
paper. Thus, part of our readings and discussions will focus on
specific types of historical documents and texts, from political
documents to newspaper advertisements, from population statistics to
novels, paintings, and movies.
We will meet as a group during the first part of the course, then
each student will pursue his or her individual research project and
will meet with me one on one to discuss the project as it evolves.
We will resume meetings at the end of the semester, when each student
will have a chance to present her or his findings and analysis of the
Requirements: We will read together a number of important historical
works and documents. Each student will be responsible for one
commentary on a primary source during the first portion of the
course. The most important part of the grade will be, however, the
final research paper, which will count for 70% of the grade for the
course. The paper will have to be 25 pages long and include both a
number of secondary sources (historical analyses of the subject) and
also primary sources.