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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2007


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Course Description

Women in America, 1848-present.

AMS 310/HIS 306N will introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of American life and culture. This course will utilize a variety of source materials, from visual to archival to popular culture, as well as incorporate insights from a variety of fields including history, women's and gender studies, literature, art, science and technology, and religion. To help us focus our inquiry, this course will explore womens experiences in America from the 1848 Seneca Falls Womens Rights Convention to the present. We will pay particular attention to the development of feminist movements and to the ways in which main themes in American history, such as capitalism, military conflict, progress, democracy, and religion, change when we look at America from the perspectives of women. We will also study the ways in which ideas about gender - what it means to be male or female  change over time. How are changes in gender roles reflected in and produced by science, politics, art, education, labor, and popular culture? To more fully understand the history and experiences of women in America, discussions of race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, and sexual orientation will be central to this course. Course Goals/Objectives: * analyze current and historical events from an interdisciplinary perspective * learn about women's contributions to and experiences in America * explore the ways in which gender is constructed and how this, too, helps us better understand American history and culture * hone critical thinking, reading, and writing skills * evaluate and use primary and secondary sources, including visual materials

Grading Policy

2-3 page primary source analysis (20%) 2-3 page response paper (20%) Mid-term exam (in class) (20%) Final exam (take home) (30%) Class participation (including quizzes and in-class writing) (10%)


Course packet, available for purchase at Speedway Copies in the Dobie Mall; Kate Chopin, The Awakening, Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye; Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; and Susan Ware, Modern American Women: A Documentary History, Second Edition (2002). Books are available at the Co-op and on reserve at the PCL.


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