A Primer for Teaching Women, Gender, and Sexuality in World History

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A Primer for Teaching Women, Gender, and Sexuality in World History

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Book Pages: 168 Illustrations: Published: September 2018

Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies, History > World History, Pedagogy and Higher Education

A Primer for Teaching Women, Gender, and Sexuality in World History is a guide for college and high school teachers who are teaching women, gender, and sexuality in history for the first time, for experienced teachers who want to reinvigorate their courses, for those who are training future teachers to prepare their own syllabi, and for teachers who want to incorporate these issues into their world history classes. Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks and Urmi Engineer Willoughby present possible course topics, themes, concepts, and approaches while offering practical advice on materials and strategies helpful for teaching courses from a global perspective in today's teaching environment for today's students. In their discussions of pedagogy, syllabus organization, fostering students' historical empathy, and connecting students with their community, Wiesner-Hanks and Willoughby draw readers into the process of strategically designing courses that will enable students to analyze gender and sexuality in history, whether their students are new to this process or hold powerful and personal commitments to the issues it raises.


"As world historians, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks and Urmi Engineer Willoughby present effective discussions of the opportunities and problems associated with this most comprehensive field. Brimming with stimulating ideas and resources. . . . Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." — T. P. Johnson, Choice

“Magnificent! This primer is at once a how-to manual for designing a stimulating history course, a guide to navigating higher-ed bureaucracy, an invitation to reflect on your own pedagogical practice, and an outstanding annotated reading list. In concise, topical chapters and lucid prose, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks and Urmi Engineer Willoughby offer foundational perspectives on two major fields, explore an intersection between them that's at the cutting edge of scholarship, and still manage to offer practical advice for engaged teaching, especially for lower-division college students. It's a remarkable accomplishment and a lively read.” — Laura J. Mitchell, University of California, Irvine

“Geared to the novice instructor but useful for experienced teachers who are revamping their courses, this primer is an informative and excellent guide. Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks and Urmi Engineer Willoughby’s book should appeal to teachers of various persuasions in different kinds of institutions—no mean feat!” — Eileen Boris, coeditor of The Practice of U.S. Women’s History: Narratives, Intersections, and Dialogues


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Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks is Distinguished Professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and author of, most recently, A Concise History of the World.

Urmi Engineer Willoughby is Assistant Professor of History at Murray State University and author of Yellow Fever, Race, and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Preface: This Book and How to Use It  vii
Part I. Starting from Scratch
1. Setting Goals: Why Teach Women's, Gender, or Sexuality History?  3
2. Choosing a Focus and a Title: Women, Gender, or Sexuality?  17
3. Organizing Material: Chronological and Thematic Approaches  27
4. Incorporating Key Issues: Theory and Concepts from Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies  41
Part II. Modifying Existing Courses
5. Integrating Gender More Fully as a Category of Analysis: Beyond "Add Men and Stir"  55
6. Globalizing a Regionally Based Course: Teaching What You Do Not Know  67
7. Incorporating Feminist Pedagogy as You Move Online: Feminist Principles in a Virtual World  77
Part III. Common Challenges and Opportunities
8. Fostering Historical Empathy: Ethical Frameworks and Contextualization  91
9. Developing Assessments That Fit Your Course Goals: Test, Papers, and Assignments  101
10. Connecting with the Community: Opportunities for Local Research and Civic Engagement  113
Notes  125
Selected Bibliography  141
Index  147
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0096-9 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0078-5
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