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Effective Term:
Summer 2014 through Summer 2015
Course Number:
HST 225
Course Title:
History of Women, Sex, and the Family
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:

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. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Evaluate changes and patterns in the history of family life and women

Social Inquiry and Analysis

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to apply methods of inquiry and analysis to examine social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct independent  interpretations
  • Think critically about the relationships between past and present events and issues
  • Demonstrate college-level communications skills: listening, speaking, and writing

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content:

Competencies and Skills:

  • 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’s 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

Communicate effectively in writing about a historical topic

  • 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