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Jessica Lee
HIST 388
Seattle Campus

Colloquium: Introduction to History

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jessica Lee
Date: 10/15/2008