Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 205 Effective Summer 2015

Course Number:
HST 205
Course Title:
History of Women in the U.S.: 1877 to Present
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Course Description

Examines women's work in maturing industrial economy, women's reform activities, and changing family and social relationships. Explores class, ethnic, racial, and regional diversity. History courses are non-sequential and may be taken in any term and in any order. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the key events in US history from 1877 to the present and use critical thinking to evaluate how they specifically impact women.
  2. Appreciate the variety of cultural influences on North American women including ethnicity, race, class, ideology, spirituality, legal status, geographical region and the culturally based assumptions that have influenced the perception and behavior regarding women in the past
  3. Evaluate the contributions that various groups of women have made to the American culture.
  4. Communicate effectively using historical analysis
  5. Connect the past with the present to enhance understanding of modern gender roles and to promote civic and global engagement.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own interpretation
  • Think critically about the relationships between past and present events and issues
  • Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in American society
  • Demonstrate college-level communications skills: listening, speaking, and writing
  • Use a variety of assessment methods such as written work (research papers, book critiques, journals), oral histories, oral presentations, small and large group discussions

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Think critically
  • Analyze and evaluate the position of women in American society
  • Analyze, evaluate, and connect issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class as they apply to women           
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate written, artistic, or other evidence in its historical context
  • Recognize and identify historical roots and parallels to current issues
  • Listen to and appreciate the experience of students from a variety of backgrounds
  • Assess the contributions and experiences of various groups in American society
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing an understanding of a variety of historical topics, the historical process.
  • Evaluate how concepts or values change over time

Course Content

Themes, Concepts, and Issues

  • Victorian family system
  • Sexuality and reproduction
  • Gender-based work roles
  • Variations in women€™s lives based upon race, class, ethnicity, region, religion, ideology
  • Westward expansion and frontier experiences
  • Expanding educational opportunities
  • Technological developments
  • Emerging advertising and consumer culture
  • Religion
  • Significance of Industrialization and urbanization on family and work
  • Expanding opportunities in professions and the paid labor force
  • Abolition, slavery, and the lingering effects
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Social, economic, political, and legal reform movements
  • Women€™s rights and women€™s suffrage movement
  • Racism, nativism, ethnocentrism