Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 225 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
HST 225
Course Title:
History of Women, Sex, and the Family
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Course Description

Examines the historical and cultural variations in family life and sexuality in the 19th and 20th centuries in an international context (including the United States) through topics such as courtship, marriage, reproduction, violence, colonialism, homosexuality, and work. 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 the history of family life and 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
  • Service Learning
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills:

Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources:

  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
  • Analyze and evaluate written, artistic, or other evidence
  • Assess the motivation and purpose of the use of evidence

Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own interpretation:

  • Identify a historian¬Ä¬ôs thesis and supporting evidence
  • Evaluate the arguments used to support different interpretations of historical issues
  • Develop your own thesis and historical interpretation and use evidence to support it

Think critically about the relationship between past and present events and issues:

  • Recognize and identify historical roots and parallels to current issues

Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in society:

  • Listen to and appreciate the experience of students from a variety of backgrounds
  • Assess the contributions and experiences of various groups in society

Demonstrate college-level communications skills with an emphasis on writing (and may include listening and speaking):

  • Communicate effectively in writing about a historical topic
  • Communicate in writing an understanding of historical process and an evaluation of how concepts or values change over time

Clearly articulate thoughts and ideas to a particular audience which may include:

  • Working collaboratively with other students to evaluate and understand historical events
  • Working collaboratively with others in discussions, debate, or role plays
  • Presenting information in oral presentations

Themes, Concepts and Issues:

  • Historical and cultural variations in family life and sexuality
  • Courtship, marriage, and motherhood
  • Individual and state regulation of reproduction
  • Incest, rape, and domestic violence
  • Colonialism and war
  • Racism, nativism, ethnocentrism
  • Homosexuality
  • Gender roles
  • Work, class, and economics
  • Governmental leadership and policy

Topics May Include: 

  • Kinship structures
  • International adoption
  • Prostitution
  • Sex trafficking
  • Population control
  • Sterilization
  • Female circumcision
  • Hijab
  • Sati
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Miscegenation
  • Domestic partnerships
  • Comfort Women
  • Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo
  • Midwifery
  • Courtship
  • Rape
  • Abortion and birth control
  • slave families
  • arranged marriages