ASST 319
Gender and the Family in Chinese History
Last Offered Fall 2017
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed HIST 319 / WGSS 319
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

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.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1492
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several short papers, and a final paper
Prerequisites: none; open to first year-students with instructors permission
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ASST 319 Division II HIST 319 Division II WGSS 319 Division II
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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