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HIST 319
Gender and the Family in Chinese History Fall 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed WGSS 319 / ASST 319 / HIST 319

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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, generation, and sexuality in different historical periods. Beginning in the late imperial period (16th-18th Centuries), we will examine the religious, marital, sexual, and child-rearing practices associated with traditional ideals of family. We will also examine the wide variety of “heterodox” practices that existed alongside these ideals, debates over and critiques of gender, family, and sexuality in the twentieth century and in China today.
The Class: Format: seminar; Remote in Fall 2020. Emphasis will be on synchronous discussions and small group work via Zoom (or similar).
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 2860
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in discussions and group work, short skills-based writing assignments (2-4 pgs) and short essays (5-7 pgs) leading toward a final paper.
Prerequisites: none; open to first year-students with instructors permission
Enrollment Preferences: History, Asian Studies, and WGSS majors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 319 Division II ASST 319 Division II HIST 319 Division II
DPE Notes: This course focuses on historical regimes of gender and sexuality in China and their transformations over time. Students will be asked to consider these regimes both on their own terms and in comparative perspective.
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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