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HIS/ WST 228 Gender in the Modern West, 1750-Present MWF 2 – 3:50 FROST 101 Instructor: Rebecca Bates Office Hours: MWF 3-3:50, TR 11:30-11:50 [email protected] & by appointment Phone: 985-3793 Office: Frost 108 Course Description: Gender in the Modern West, 1750-Present examines the experiences of women and men to determine how gender roles have contributed to and been shaped by the political and social history of Europe and the United States. This course is arranged topically and chronologically from the Enlightenment through the success of the parity movement in France at the beginning of the 21st century. Topics to be considered include: national revolutions; industrialization and the sexual division of labor; widening political opportunities; socialism, feminism, racism, and warfare. Course Outcomes: By the end of the course students should be comfortable with reading both primary and secondary texts, able to construct a historical argument, familiar with themes in gender history, and able to demonstrate how political and social opportunities in Europe and the United States have been shaped by gender, as well as race and class. In addition, students should have enhanced their oral and written communication skills. Required Texts: Bridenthal, Renate. Becoming Visible. 3rd Edition. Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House Kasson, John. Houdini, Tarzan and the Perfect Man. Woolf, Virginia. Three Guineas. Drakluić, Slavenka. How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed. Optional: Jules Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History. This course relies on electronic readings, please see below for the policy on the use of laptops in the classroom. Moodle: This class will use Moodle for course management. We will be using this as a repository for readings and for submitting assignments. Course Grading and Requirements: Class participation and quizzes 15% Two documented essays (5-7 pages) 35 % Research Project 40% Final Essay 10% Attendance: This course is driven by discussion; therefore, you should attend all classes. You are allowed two absences, excused or unexcused, without lowering your final grade. If you have an illness or circumstances that will prevent you from regularly attending class, please be certain to talk to me so that we can begin to discuss a way to facilitate your needs. If you miss class it is your responsibility to get notes and the assignment from a classmate. Class Participation: You will be expected to actively participate in every class discussion. If you are uncomfortable speaking in the classroom, please come see me so that we can discuss ways to facilitate your participation in the course. If it becomes apparent that the readings are not being completed prior to class, I will assign quizzes.2 Documented Essays: Each student will be responsible for writing three 5-7 page papers on topics to be distributed in class. All of the essays will require you to bring together primary and secondary sources to form your own historical analysis. Citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style for humanities notes and bibliography. Policy on late essays: All students are required to submit their essays on time. Students who encounter an emergency that prevents them from submitting a paper on time are required to discuss the matter with me in advance, if at all possible. Students who submit late work without advance permission will be penalized. For each day that a paper is late, the grade will be reduced by a third of a grade (for instance from an A- to a B+). No papers will be accepted more than a week late without prior arrangement. Research Project: The aim of this project is two-fold. First, students will enhance their research and writing skills. Second, students will become knowledgeable of a certain “moment” in European or American history. The outcome, however, will not be a research paper. Instead, each student will be creating a fictional document that details a gendered life in the past. Sample formats include, but are not limited to: a diary, a series of letters, a newspaper. Detailed instructions and assessment rubrics for the project will be handed out in class. Grading Scale: In accordance with the definition of letter grades adopted by the College Faculty in 2008, the following grading scale will be used in this class. A: Excellent work (90-100%) B: Good work (80-89) C: Competent work (70-79%) D: Poor work which is still worthy of credit (60-69%) F: Failing work which is unworthy of credit (0-59%) Pluses and minuses will be used in this course, e.g. B+ (87-89); B (84-87); B – (80-83) Academic Honesty and Integrity: All students are expected to be honest in their academic work. If a student is found guilty of cheating--including plagiarism, he/she will receive a grade of zero in the examination or on the project. Other penalties, including failure of the course, may be imposed as mandated by college policies and as directed by circumstances. Warning Note: Plagiarism, presenting someone else's work as your own, comes in two forms, both extremely serious. The first involves using the words of a source, exactly or in very close paraphrase, without proper citation. If you are citing word-for-word, it does not suffice to footnote the source you must use quotation marks. If you are paraphrasing someone's work, you must fully cite the work, including the exact page number of the page on which the material appears. The second form of plagiarism involves taking ideas from a source without footnoting the source. Do not think that just because work is "in the public domain," on the Net, etc., you do not need to provide a full citation. If it's someone else's work, then it's not your work and you need to fully cite the source. If you have questions, see me. The readings for the course provide good examples of proper citation practice. Feeling Overwhelmed? Always feel free to stop by my office to discuss any questions or concerns that may arise during the semester. It is not necessary to make an appointment with me. If I am unavailable to talk with you when you stop by, we can arrange to meet at a more convenient time. Also please feel free to contact me through e-mail. I check my messages at least once a day (M-F), but expect at least 24 hours before receiving a response. Student Special Needs Services: If anyone in this class is


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