History | The Family in History
H231 | 2805 | Alter

Above section is a topics/freshman-qualified course
Above section open to freshmen and sophomores only

In every era, the family as 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 the relationships within the family
(parent/child, husbands/wives) and the changing role of the family
in society.  Among the topics to be discussed are courtship,
marriage, child rearing, 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.  Readings will include contemporary
novels and original sources from the nineteenth century and earlier