HIST 453
Women, Gender, and Social Movements in U.S. History Spring 2019
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed WGSS 453 / HIST 453
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This seminar is devoted to researching and writing a substantial research paper on some aspect of U.S. women’s or gender history, with a particular focus on social movements. Social movements organized around gender issues and identities have been significant sources of social and political change in U.S. History. Drawing on online archival collections of personal letters and diaries, published writings, organizational records, and oral histories, students will research an individual, social group, organization, event, or movement that invites them to explore that particular subject in depth, while also considering some of the following issues and questions: the different strategies, tactics, and ideologies used for organizing and movement building across the political spectrum; the ways that gender has united and divided grassroots movements; how and when it has been useful for women to act through women’s groups versus other types of organizations; the ways that ethnicity, race, religion, and class have been resources for organizing and coalition building; how social movements have shaped and been shaped by larger political and economic developments; the ways that various gendered identities have served as both agents and objects of political and social change; and the relative importance of formally organized politics versus less formal strategies to effect political change.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 3301
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 20- to 25-page research paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: senior History majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: WI: This course will focus explicitly on the process of writing a substantial research paper, including writing a proposal, and workshopping and revising drafts in class.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 453 Division II HIST 453 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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