College Of Arts And Sciences | Families in Former Times
E104 | 0154 | Alter
2:30-3:45 TR MO 007
In every era the family has served as the most basic human institution, but
it has always been subject to other forces in society, such as religion,
politics, the economy, and the tragic consequences of high death rates.
This course traces the history of the European family from 1500 to the early
twentieth century. We will examine changes in relationships within the
family (parents/children, husbands/wives) and the chaining role of the
family in society. Among the topics to be discussed are courtship,
marriage, child-bearing, child labor, the origins of family limitation and
birth control, the definitions of male and female roles, and the effects of
other institutions (community, church, schools, state) on the family.
Reading will include contemporary novels, and students will participate in
group projects using original sources from the nineteenth century and