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HIST 2200

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Women In American History   
Prerequisite(s)   Exit or exempt from LS Reading & all ENSL requirements except ENSL 0091   
Corequisite(s)   None   
Catalog Description   
This course will examine the historical development of the United States of America from colonial times to the present with special reference to the contributions of women. The course will review changes in feminism, gender and the Constitution of the United States, i.e., the 19th amendment, the Suffragettes, their relationship to abolition and other feminist campaigns. This course includes an analysis of the social and economic disparity between women and men, women’s roles within state, local and federal governments, their intellectual, cultural, and social interaction in the larger society. It explores the issues of women in major ethnic groups in the United States, and interaction of women within and outside each group. Topics include colonial women, frontier women, progressivism, unions, birth control, discrimination, sectional conflict from the perspective of women, WW II, “Rosie the Riveter,” Vietnam, the modern industrial complex, globalization, and urban demographic patterns as they relate to the lives of women.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing the course the student will be able to:
1. Explain broad themes that shaped women’s lives from the colonial period to the present
2. Understand the social and political arrangements that structured women’s status
3. Explain how women accommodated and resisted political, social, and economic forces
4. Examine women’s history as an integral component of American history and also as a unique subject of historical study
5. To understand the basic methodology of women’s history
6. Relate the personal experiences of women to broader trends in American history
7. Compare and contrast the experiences of different groups of women according to factors such as race, class, ethnicity, and region
8. Define gender norms for each period of American history and how these norms have changed
9. Critically analyze primary sources and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses
10. Understand the relationship between the past and the present

General Education Outcomes   
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
a. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook and outside readings.
b. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and group problem solving.
c. Students develop their writing skills through papers and essays on exams.
d. Students develop their speaking skills through class discussions and oral reports.
II. This course addresses the general education outcomes of developing effective individual and group problem solving and critical thinking skills as follows:
a. Students will develop their ability to problem-solve and think critically by applying their knowledge of historical principals to historical events and developments.
b. Students will develop their ability to think critically through writing essays that require analysis of contemporary and historical problems.
III. This course addresses the general educational outcome relating to global economic, political, historical, and geographic forces through lectures, analytical essays and essay questions on tests.
Course Content   
1. Introduction to Course and Instructional Methods.
2. Native American Women and Encounters with Colonization
3. Colonial Women: Amalgamation of Cultures
4. The American Revolution: Battles Women fought! Abigail Adams, Ann Leyden
5. Republican Motherhood and the Cult of Domesticity
6. Women and the First Industrial Revolution
7. Women and the Second Great Awakening: The Quest for Perfection (Abolition, Temperance, Mental Health Reform)
8. Pioneering Women
9. The Women’s Rights Movement “All Feminists are suffragists, but not all suffragists are feminists.”
10. Women and the Civil War
11. Reconstruction and the New South
12. The Conquest of the Far West
13. Asian American Women and the “West”
14. Industrial Supremacy
15. The Urban Landscape
16. Radicals and Reformers in the Progressive Era 17. War for Democracy, 1914-1919
18. The Nineteenth Amendment 1919 & Feminism in the 1920’s
19. Cultural Conflicts
20. The Great Depression and the New Deal
21. Women and World War II 22. Cold War Conformity: 1950s
23. Women and Labor
24. The Beats, 1960s Counterculture, and Anti-War Movements
25. The Civil Rights Movement, 1960’s
26. Second Wave Women’s Movement
27. Radical Feminism, 1970s
8. Black Power, Chicano Feminism, and Lesbian Feminism
29. Cultural Feminism- 1970s
30. Backlash- The Rise of the Right, 1980s
31. Third Wave Feminism, 1990s
32. The Age of Globalization
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
a) Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine a part of the course grade. Tests and exams will focus on the objectives above and emphasize writing skills through utilization of essay questions.
b) Writing assignments will emphasize higher order thinking skills by demonstrating student understanding of concepts, student ability to evaluate and synthesize information, and student ability to present the results in a logical and analytical fashion. Writing assignments, in whatever form the instructor desires, should be the basis for at least 20% of the final course grade.
c) This course will also utilize a Service Learning Assignment. Students will volunteer at pre-selected local women’s organizations. Students will then create oral presentations and possibly papers that explain their experiences, their organization’s goals, and how the organization relates to larger themes and trends in women’s history. Specifically, students must place their organization and its work into the larger historical narrative of women’s history and women’s activism. Students will deliver their oral presentations in either an open classroom or another on-campus location where the GPC community can attend. Students must not only meet the above requirements but they must also advocate for their organization during the presentations and encourage others to volunteer.

The final exam of students in History 2200 in each spring semester will consist, at least in part, of fifty multiple-choice questions incorporating fundamental concepts and developed by the History faculty who teach the course. 70% of all students will successfully answer 70% of the questions on the Assessment Exam.

Results from the Departmental Assessment will be analyzed by a History Faculty Committee consisting of all persons teaching this course. A summary of the group analysis in specific detail will be sent to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, with recommendations for changes and improvements in teaching the course.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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