INH301 - Gender and Sexuality in World History

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Subject Title
Gender and Sexuality in World History

Subject Description
Historically, women and men have been expected to behave in gender appropriate ways. Yet what is considered appropriately feminine or masculine is not fixed; instead, these ideals are socially constructed, depend on time and place, and are influenced by other categories of identity like status or class, and race and ethnicity. In this course we will examine the construction of gender ideals and consider the impact of these ideals on aspects of life ranging from the most private (sex, sexual identity, sexual regulation, family formation) to the most public (work, citizenship and political power, war, conquest). Covering the classical period to the modern period and including societies in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe, this course will take a comparative approach and will analyze the impact of cultural contact on gender ideals. Whether accepted, adapted or rejected, gender expectations have affected every aspect of men's and women's lives in world history.

Credit Status
An upper level humanities elective course for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program; also, a Liberal Studies option (LSO) for degree students

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain the significant changes and continuities in the history of gender and sexuality in world history from the classical to the modern period.
2. Explain how gender can be used as a category of historical analysis and apply this to the study of world history.
3. Evaluate the historiography of selected topics in world history.
4. Analyze primary and secondary sources.
5. Integrate knowledge from primary and secondary sources to produce academic research.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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