WGSS 319 Gender and the Family in Chinese History (D)

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as ASST319, HIST319
Although sometimes claimed as part of a set of immutable "Asian values," the Chinese family has not remained fixed or stable over time. In this course, we will use the framework of "family" to gain insight into gender, generational, and sexual roles in different historical periods. Beginning in the late imperial period (16th-18th Centuries), we will examine the religious, marital, sexual, and childrearing practices associated with the "orthodox" Confucian family. We will then explore the wide variety of "heterodox" practices in imperial China, debates over and critiques of the family system in the twentieth century, and configurations of gender and family in contemporary China. As an EDI course, this class makes use of anthropological and gender studies methods to analyze both the specificities of Chinese ideas and practices regarding family, gender and sexuality as well as the considerable variety among these ideas and practices at different points in time.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, several short papers, and a final paper
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Prerequisites: none;open to first year-students with instructors permission
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia,HIST Group G Electives - Global History,INST East Asian Studies Electives,WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1443
WGSS 319 LEC Gender&Family Chinese History (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Anne Reinhardt
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