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HISTORY 141:401 THE FAMILY AND SEX ROLES IN THE PAST

Syllabus, Spring 2017

The course is a world history survey which describes and compares sex roles, family structures and family dynamics across time and place. It counts for General Education (GER) credit in the Social Sciences. The chief requirements of the course consist of attending lectures and discussion sections, and reading and analyzing the course materials. You will have a midterm examination, three short assignments, a comprehensive final, and a grade for attendance and participation in your lecture and discussion section. They will be weighted as 20%, 30%, 25% and 25% respectively. Pluses and minuses will be used in awarding final grades. Make-up exams are only given in emergency situations such as severe illness. The instructor or teaching assistant must be notified prior to the exam.



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  1. Instructor: Dr. Margo Anderson, margo@uwm.edu
  2. Teaching Assistant: Isabella Rieke, irieke@uwm.edu. Office hours: Wednesday, 1:30-3:30, and by appointment. Holton 402. 
  3. Classrooms: MW 12:00 - 12:50 PM; BOL B60 
  4. Contacting me:
      • Phone: 414-229-3969, 229-4361.
      • Electronic Mail: margo@uwm.edu
      • Office Location and Hours:  Holton 320, MW 3:30 - 5:00 PM and by appointment.
  5. Texts: Required books are available from ecampus. They are also on reserve in the Library. 

    Class website address: margoanderson.org/141/141Syllabus2017.htm

    Students interested in a major or a minor in history can see me or visit the History Department website, http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/history/undergrad/ and click on the academic advising link. 

     

    Discussion Topics, Assignments, and Due Dates

     

    Week

     

      Date

     

    Topic and Assignment

    1

    Jan 23

     

    Introduction: Human Origins, Prehistory; Theories of the Family and Patriarchy;   Read:  Stearns, Introduction and Chapter 1, pp. 1-27.

    PRE-LITERATE SOCIETIES AND ANTIQUITY

    Jan 30

    Legal Codes and Creation Stories.  Kinship Systems, Female Status; Judaic-Christian Tradition. Read: Stearns, pp. 28-37; Code of Hammurabi,  Genesis

    3

    Feb 6

    Ancient Greece and Rome and the Emergence of Christianity and Other World Religions. Paul's Letter to the Corinthians; St. Augustine, City of God (excerpt)  Read Stearns, pp. 38-59.

    THE MEDIEVAL WEST AND THE WORLD TO 1500

    4

    Feb 13 

    Roman, Gothic and Canon Law on kinship and marriage, Barbarian World; Feudalism. Read Documents on Roman and Barbarian Life. FIRST SHORT ASSIGNMENT DUE FEBRUARY 15. Feeling Randy?.

    5

    Feb 20 

    Medieval world to the Black Death. Read: Stearns, pp. 60-68.

    6

    Feb 27

    Early Modern World. Read: Spence, Preface and ch. 1, pp. xi-32. 

    EASTERN SOCIETIES AND TRADITIONAL CHINA

    7

    Mar 6

    Eastern Religions and gender roles. The Chinese family and kinship;  Problems of Widows and Family Feuds.  Read:  Spence, chs. 2-4, pp. 33-98.  

    Mar 13

                                                                                                                            MIDTERM, MARCH 13. Female Status in China. Read: Spence, ch. 5-epilog, pp. 99-139.    Video: Small Happiness 

    THE FAMILY AND THE TRANSITION TO MODERN SOCIETY

    9

    Mar 27

    Early Modern to Modern.  Sexual Issues in Early Modern Europe. Read: Stearns, pp. 69-129; White, Intro, pp. 13-25.

    10

    Apr 3

    Demographic transition and political and sexual revolution.  Correspondence between Abigail and John Adams Declaration of Independence. SECOND SHORT ASSIGNMENT DUE, APRIL 5. Read White, chs. 1-2, pp. 27-91.  

    RECENT CHANGES IN THE FAMILY AND SEX ROLES

    11 

    Apr 10

    American demographic trends; the Revolution, republicanism and family and sex roles. Read: White, 91-160.

    12

    Apr 17  

    Slavery and family and sex roles; Suffrage and women's rights.  Fordism, The Five Dollar Day and American Working Class Manhood. Read: Declaration of Sentiments; White,  161-190, Stearns, pp. 131-198. 

    13

    Apr 24  

    The Family in Modern America. THIRD SHORT ASSIGNMENT DUE APRIL 26. Read Coates, 1-71; Vance, 1-80

    14

    May 1

    Sexual Revolution.  Video: Burning Desire. Read: Coates, 73-132; Vance, 81-207

    15

    May 8

    The Family, Social Policy and Globalization.  Conclusions. Read Vance, 209-257. 

    May 18

    FINAL EXAMINATION: Thursday, 12:30-2:30PM