HIS 219 History of European Women Since 1500 (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the history of women in Europe since the Reformation. Women in all parts of Europe, including Turkey and the European colonies, will be studied. Topics include women at work, in the family, in politics, and in communities as well as female heads of state, scientists, artists, and political activists. The course examines how European women, once defined by their family and marital status, have gained independence and individuality. The course also examines the effects on women of cultural and legal change since 1500. Sources focus on women's perspectives on their own lives. Representations of women in film, art, and literature will be used.