Gender History Graduate Courses at Florida State University

This page collects course titles and course descriptions of past, present and upcoming classes in gender history offered at Florida State University, to help graduate students in planning major and minor fields in gender history.

Currently Planned Courses:
Spring 2019 – Sinke: AMH5564 Women/Gender in Modern America
Fall 2018 – Jones: AMH5xxx Women /Children in CRM
Spring 2018 – Mooney: US Gender History
Fall 2018 – Upchurch: Colloquium on British/European Gender & Sexuality
Fall 2017 – Culver: Colloquium on Gender, Consumption, Japanese Empire
Spring 2017 – Sinke: Colloquium on US Gender History
Spring 2016 – Upchurch: Writing History, Gender/Theory


Fall 2017 – Colloquium: U.S. Gender History
Prof. Suzanne Sinke, US History 
This course provides you with an introduction to key authors and selected topics in the history of gender for the United States. Though we will discuss some classic works and theoretical texts, our focus will remain on recent scholarship. Further, you will explore the scholarship on one element of U.S. gender history that interests you in greater depth and write a historiography on that topic. In a graduate program of study the course fits topically as Gender History or geographically as U.S. History. The readings include scholarship across U.S. History hence where you count it chronologically in your program of study will depend on your historiography topic. Choose accordingly. Class sessions will consist primarily of a discussion of readings, typically five-six articles/ book chapters per week. Come prepared to discuss all of them. You will write a short reaction paper prior to most class sessions. Insights about gender and how historians approach it will build over the semester


Spring 2016 – Seminar: Writing History: Gender/Theory
Prof. Charles Upchurch, British History
This course focuses on identifying the best approaches and theoretical frameworks to apply to specific research questions and source materials. The readings will expose students to the latest debates methodologies in gender history, drawing primarily on British gender history and the more theoretical works that have shaped the study of gender and sexuality more broadly. The methodologies of gender history are now applied in all fields of history, including political, economic, social, cultural, religious, and military history, just as the theories that have shaped gender history are shared broadly within the profession, especially by social and cultural historians. Students will produce an original research paper for the class. The research paper can be on British gender history, or it can be based on the primary and secondary sources that the student expects to work with in their dissertation, but interpreting those sources with either a gendered analysis or a theoretical framework they had not yet considered. A significant amount of time will be spent workshopping student papers, and identifying which theoretical frameworks or methodological approaches might best enhance the analysis of the sources and questions. In addition, as time permits, there will be an ongoing discussion throughout the semester on how to make the best use of digital resources, not only to research a topic, but also to create professional connections within your field, to enhance publication and presentation options.


Fall 2014 – Graduate Colloquium: Gender and Consumerism in Japan from Empire to Postwar, 1880s-1950s
Dr. Annika A. Culver, East Asian History
This graduate-level course investigates how products, people, and companies circulated throughout Japan and its empire into wartime and the postwar period, and how gender impacted consumption and consumerism in China, Japan, and Korea during pivotal moments in East Asian history.  We examine how working-class and middle- to upper-class women emerged as important consumers for household items, foods, fashions, cosmetics, and even wartime propaganda. We also look at how state propaganda functioned as “advertising” to instruct women to engage in behaviors beneficial to the nation (or corporation) from the Meiji (1868-1912) to early postwar period (1945-1955).

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  This colloquium course on gender and consumption in Japan and its empire and beyond teaches graduate students how to critically engage with both primary and secondary materials like a scholar while learning how to write concise summaries of the materials they encounter.  Students can apply these useful techniques in studying for oral exams and book reviews, where they analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a text while summarizing the author’s key arguments and contributions to the field of historical inquiry.  This class will involve a session of two library tutorials, one on web-base library databases and another on primary source materials, as well as a midterm presentation prepared by students on theories of gender and imperialism. The course will be taught as a series of topical case studies, arranged in roughly chronological fashion.

TOPICS: In this colloquium course, we will examine the role of women as consumers and the role of gender in influencing consumption in general
Throughout East Asia while Japan built up its empire and assimilated Western ideas of modernity, and when consumption revived following wartime
deprivation and devastation.  Beginning in the Meiji Period (1868-1912), new roles for women enhanced their importance as arbiters of national
ideology,  but also empowered them as working-class wage earners in textile factories or as middle/upper-class “curators” of the domestic space through the Ryôsai kenbô [“Good Wife, Wise Mother”] philosophy.  We will also look at how Japanese imperialism and the nation-state’s organization of colonies in East Asia accelerated the exchange of goods, peoples, and ideas throughout the Japanese empire (with an emphasis on Shanghai’s International Settlement, Taiwan, and Manchuria) as it influenced the politics and culture of the imperial capital, Tokyo.  Some of our texts show continuity in the influence on gender in 1930s patterns of consumption that resumed in the postwar 1950s. We will read recent texts in anthropology, art history, cultural history, gender studies, and even a manga [illustrated comic] history book to investigate how gender impacted consumption during critical moments during in modern Japanese history.


Use the comments section below to suggest classes or leave comments. The gender history faculty will review all requests.

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