Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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 the 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 should be able to:

  • Articulate and interpret an understanding of key historical facts and events in U.S. History from 1877 to the present, and their particular impact on women.
  • Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  • Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
  • Construct a well organized historical argument using effective, appropriate, and accurate language.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral Presentations
  • Research projects
  • Book critiques
  • Journals
  • Class participation and discussion in small and large groups
  • Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills:

  • 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           
  • Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in American society
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Demonstrate college-level communications skills with an emphasis on writing (and may include listening and speaking)

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