Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.
Tracing the History of Women's Liberation
The women's liberation movement emerged rapidly in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Throughout the United States, young, predominantly white women worked together to craft distinctively radical forms of feminist theory that would transform the meanings of feminism, womanhood, and oppression. Under the banner of women's liberation, these women demanded an end to traditional gender roles, elimination of all forms of oppression, and a complete revisioning of the very foundations of society.
In this seminar, we will trace the history of women's liberation thought from its antecedents in the early years of the twentieth century to its zenith in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Drawing on both primary and secondary sources, we will examine how women came to embrace to radical feminist thought and the innovative ideas they developed as they struggled towards liberation.
Student learning goals
enhance analytical thinking, speaking, and writing skills
appreciate the diversity and complexity of the women's liberation movement
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
The class will meet weekly to discuss the readings. The assignments will consist of readings, class participation, and various writing assignments.
Detailed explanation of assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.