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HY249 – Families in Historical Perspective

Women, Children & Men: Families in Historical Perspective explores how we came to be who we are as modern persons, emphasizing how the circumstances, upbringing, and values of people of the past were at once like own and different.

Instructor(s)

Professor Carol Neel email

This course considers family life in historical context. It asks how we came to be who we are as modern persons, emphasizing how the circumstances, upbringing, and values of people of the past were at once like own and different. It begins this inquiry with an examination of twentieth-century childhood, parenting, and gender roles through film, text, and artifacts. It continues by exploring marital relations and household structures—and familial success and failure—in the deep European past. In the last two weeks of the block, this course will center on historical American childhoods and how we can know them. Although students will develop their respective voices in mutual conversation on common readings and in a final group oral/ written examination, they will have the opportunity to explore topics of individual interest in research essays supported by library materials.

Also listed as: FG247