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

Syllabus, Spring 2018

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; a comprehensive final; a grade for lecture attendance; and a grade for attendance, weekly response papers, and participation in your discussion section. They will be weighted as 25%, 35%, 5% and 35% 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 11:00 - 11:50 PM; Sabin Hall G90 
  4. Contacting me:

1.     Phone: 414-229-3969, 229-4361.

2.     Electronic Mail: margo@uwm.edu

3.     Office Location and Hours:  Holton 320, MW 3:30 - 4:30 PM and by appointment.

Texts: Required books are available from ecampus. They are also on reserve in the Library. 

      • Mary Jo Maynes and Ann Waltner, The Family in World History, Oxford, 2012.  The Library also has an ebook version.  For that, click here.
      • Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre, Harvard, 1983.
      • Jonathan Spence, The Death of Woman Wang. Penguin, 1978.
      • Deborah Gray White, Ar'n't I a Woman?  Female Slaves in the Plantation South, rev. ed., Norton, 1999.
      • J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy. Harper Collins, 2016.
      • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me. Consortium Book Sales, 2015.
    • Other Texts: You will also read several short texts on the World Wide Web, or on Reserve in the Library. The web addresses are given in the syllabus. We will also view several videos during the semester. 

Class website address: margoanderson.org/141/141Syllabus2018.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 22

Introduction: Human Origins and Prehistory; Theories of the Family and Patriarchy.

 Read:  Maynes and Waltner, chs. 1-2, pp. 1-29.

 

PRE-LITERATE SOCIETIES AND ANTIQUITY

Jan 29

 

Legal Codes and Creation Stories.  Kinship Systems,  Female Status; Judaic-Christian Tradition. 

Read: Maynes and Waltner, ch. 3. Read:; Code of Hammurabi,  Genesis

3

Feb 5

Emergence of Christianity and Other World Religions. Paul's Letter to the Corinthians; St. Augustine, City of God (excerpt) .  Roman,  Gothic and Canon Law on kinship and marriage, Barbarian World; Feudalism. Read Documents on Roman and Barbarian Life.

Read Maynes and Waltner,  ch. 4.

THE MEDIEVAL WEST AND THE EUROPEAN WORLD TO 1600

4

Feb 12 

 

The World of a Family in France in the 16th Century.  Watch:  The Return of Martin Guerre. [DVD6792]

Read:  Davis,  pp. 1-50.

5

Feb 19 

The Family,  Courts and Gender.  Watch: The Return of Martin Guerre (cont.)

Read: Davis, pp. 51-125.

6

Feb 26

The World Expands.  Reformation, Renaissance, Exploration.

 

Read: Review Maynes and Waltner, ch. 5; review ch. 4; read Spence, Preface and ch. 1, pp. xi-32. 

 

EASTERN SOCIETIES AND TRADITIONAL CHINA

7

Mar 5

 

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 12

Female Status in China.

Read: Spence, ch. 5-epilog, pp. 99-139.  

MIDTERM, MARCH 14.

THE FAMILY AND THE TRANSITION TO MODERN SOCIETY

9

Mar 26

 

Early Modern to Modern.  Sexual Issues in Early Modern Europe.  Video: Small Happiness 

Read: White, Intro, pp. 13-25.

10

Apr 2

Demographic transition and political and sexual revolution.  Correspondence between Abigail and John Adams Declaration of Independence.

Read White, chs. 1-2, pp. 27-91.  

11 

Apr 9

American demographic trends; the Revolution, republicanism and family and sex roles.

Read: White, 91-160.

12

Apr 16

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, 

 

13

Apr 23 

The Family in Modern America.

Read Selections: Coates, 1-71; Vance, 1-80.

14

Apr 30

Sexual Revolution.  Video: Burning Desire.

Read Selections : Coates, 73-132; Vance,  81-207.

15

May 7

The Family, Social Policy and Globalization.  Conclusions.

Read Selections: Vance,  209-257. 

May 18

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