WGSS 319
Gender and the Family in Chinese History Fall 2017
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ASST 319 / WGSS 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, 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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1491
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, several short papers, and a final paper
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
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 WGSS 319 Division II HIST 319 Division II
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern
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