Summer 2018 - HS 307 D100

Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4)

On Women: Antiquity to Present

Class Number: 6999

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Selected Topics. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HS 307 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Students with credit for HIST 307 may take HS 307 for credit only when a different topic is taught.


This course examines the perceptions and ideas regarding women, their nature, their roles in society, their rights and obligations, their sexuality, and their relationship to men and other women that were expressed in Europe from the Renaissance (with a brief look into Ancient and Medieval times) to the Present. We will be looking at the changes that European society underwent during that period, the rise of new ideologies and systems of thought and the impact all these had on women. We will be focusing on how women responded to, or initiated, change, as well as the counter-arguments, or new theories, developed to stifle the early women’s movements.

The primary objective of the class is for students to escape determinist approaches to the history of women and their struggle for rights and gain the ability to look at the past in its own terms. Furthermore, by the end of the course students should have the ability to analyze primary source documents and use them in formulating convincing arguments. They will also have gained the ability to write in an analytical manner, presenting a convincing thesis regarding complex issues.


  • Participation 15%
  • Weekly Responses 15%
  • Book Presentation 10%
  • Book Review Paper 15%
  • Midterm 15%
  • Final Paper 30%



Lisa DiCaprio and Merry E. Wiesner (eds.) Lives and Voices

Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

Bridenthal, Renate et al. Becoming Visible: Women in European History

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