2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin

GEN 364 History of Gender and Sexuality: Prehistory to 1650

3 hours 

This class will build on the introductory surveys in gender and sexuality and global history to provide students with two new lenses through which to view history. Given that gender and sexuality are cultural constructs that represent the social mores of the cultures and times in which they exist, and thus have changed throughout history, we will move from the ancient world through 1650 to provide a chronological and global perspective on the changing meanings of sex, sexuality, and gender, and the ways in which their changes represent broader shifts in cultural values and emphases. The course will address the history of gender and sexuality in China, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and India. Primary and secondary sources provide the basis for class discussion and written assignments.



Cross Listed Courses

HIS 364


ENG 201, and GEN 101 or HIS 203 or HIS 204 or HIS 231