History | E104 0148 Gender & Sexuality In U.S. Hist 11:15A-12:05P MW JH A100 Gamber
E104 | 0148 | Gamber W


This is NOT a course about "naked people", as BC MAGAZINE once described an
earlier version.  Instead it is a course that combines conventional
historical topics with unconventional themes.  "Gender and Sexuality in
American History" examines how gender (the roles various societies assign to
men and women or what scholars call the "social construction" of masculinity
and femininity) and attitudes toward sexuality (sexual behaviors) influenced
selected issues and events in American history.  (These will probably
include the European "discovery" and settlement of America, the industrial
revolution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of big business, the
Cold War, and recent political conservatism).  We'll consider the relevance
of issues that we often think of as "private" to political and economic
history.  We will examine sources such as visual images, sons, novels, and
films in order to understand how Americans themselves viewed the
relationship between gender and sexuality, on one hand, and political,
social and economic events, on the other.

You will be required to attend twice-weekly lectures, to attend and
participate actively in weekly discussion sections, and to complete assigned
reading (and in some cases, viewing).  You will complete VERY BRIEF weekly
writing assignments.  You will also have two midterms (you will have a
choice of in-class and take-home versions) and a final examination; all will
be in essay format.  All assignments will require you to connect issues and
concepts presented in lectures to readings, illustrations, and films.