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History and Themes of the Women’s Movement

Course Prefix: 
HI/WS
Course Number: 
301
Course Credits: 
3

A course aimed at exploring how women have shaped and are shaping their own lives and the world. It begins with an overview of the role of women in Western culture since Paleolithic times. Then writers in the First Wave of Feminism (1840-1920) and from the Second Wave (1970 to the present) are surveyed. The course will focus on themes relevant to students and to important current developments for women. Teaching is marked by collaboration, a key element in feminist methodology. Prerequisite: sophomore or departmental permission.