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AP/HIST3234 3.0M : Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe

Term W : LECT

Instructor(s) :

Schotte, Margaret E.

Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite

Explores gender ideologies and their lived social and cultural meanings for women -- and men -- during modern Europe's foundational centuries, 1500-1800. Examines intersections between evolving cultural norms, familial roles, and women's varied activities in spaces outside the domestic household. Also considers gender in relation to major developments of the era -- statebuilding, capitalism, overseas expansion, religion and the literacy revolution. Prerequisites: None. Course credit exclusions: AP/HIST 3233 6.00.

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Expanded Course Description

This course places a strong emphasis on engaging with primary sources, particularly those created by and for women. We will not only analyze their content but also read them aloud and examine them as physical objects in order to better understand their authors and audiences. This class will be run seminar-style, and strongly prioritizes engaged participation. The course includes a field trip to a local museum (with a related assignment on material objects as historical sources).

Weighting of Course

Tentative Grade Breakdown/Overview of Assessment:

Participation: 25%

Poetry recitation: 5%

Material culture analysis (3 pages): 20%

Primary source analysis (5 pages): 25%

Final exam: 25%

Additonal Information / Notes

NOTE: Prior to buying textbooks, students should consult the detailed course outline which will give the final versions of the weekly syllabus and the detailed breakdown of assignments with weighting and due dates.  The course outline will be posted in Moodle and discussed on the first day of class.

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