HIST 389: Topics in US. History.
HIST 389-005: Sexuality in U.S. History
Section Information for Fall 2017
In this discussion-based course, we will practice advanced historical skills by studying the growing and varied scholarship on the history of American sexuality, beginning with European conquest of North America and ending at the turn of the twenty-first century.
We will start by asking, how do we make history of sex? Then, through a chronological and thematic survey, we will examine how sexual behaviors and attitudes have changed over time. To explore such a broad and wide-ranging topic, the course is organized around two general questions that are of particular interest to historians of sexuality:
- How do we find out about, and then interpret, something as elusive and intimate as sexuality in the past? What kinds of sources have historians found, and what kinds of methods have they employed to analyze them? In other words, what can we know and how do we know it?
- How do we make sense of the diversity of sexual behaviors and attitudes in the past? How have factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, region, religion, etc., affected differing sexual ideologies and actions – and vice versa?
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Course Information from the University Catalog
Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
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