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19th Century Women: Struggle and Triumph
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Ever wonder what women were doing during the 1800s or what is ...

Ever wonder what women were doing during the 1800s or what is known as the antebellum period of United States history? Men are well represented in our history books as they were the powerful, educated leaders of our country. Women, on the other hand, rarely had opportunities to tell their stories. Powerful stories of brave women who helped shape the history of the United States are revealed to students through journals, letters, narratives and other primary sources. Synthesizing information from the various sources, students write their impressions of women in the Northeast, Southeast, or the West during the Nineteenth Century.

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U.S. History
Women's Studies
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Library of Congress
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All-Female Enterprise
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This Wide Angle video looks at the advantages and disadvantages of running ...

This Wide Angle video looks at the advantages and disadvantages of running a small-scale, female-only business. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Women's Studies
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Lecture
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PBS LearningMedia
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Teachers' Domain
American Authors: American Women Authors, Spring 2003
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Examines in detail the works of several American authors. Through close readings ...

Examines in detail the works of several American authors. Through close readings of poetry, novels, or plays, subject addresses such issues as literary influence, cultural diversity, and the writer's career. Topic: American Women Authors. This subject, crosslisted in Literature and Women's Studies, examines a range of American women authors from the seventeenth century to the present. It aims to introduce a number of literary genres and styles- the captivity narrative, slave novel, sensational, sentimental, realistic, and postmodern fiction- and also to address significant historical events in American women's history: Puritanism, the American Revolution, industrialization and urbanization in the nineteenth century, the Harlem Renaissance, World War II, the 60s civil rights movements. A primary focus will be themes studied and understood through the lens of gender: war, violence, and sexual exploitation (Keller, Rowlandson, Rowson); the relationship between women and religion (Rowlandson, Rowson, Stowe); labor, poverty, and working conditions for women (Fern, Davis, Wharton); captivity and slavery (Rowlandson, Jacobs); class struggle (Fern, Davis, Wharton, Larsen); race and identity (Keller, Jacobs, Larsen, Morrison); feminist revisions of history (Stowe, Morrison, Keller); and the myth of the fallen woman (take your pick). Essays and inclass reports will focus more particularly on specific writers and themes and will stress the skills of close reading, annotation, research, and uses of multimedia where appropriate. A classroom electronic archive has been developed for this course and will be available as a resource for images and other media materials.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Women's Studies
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kelley
Wyn
American Women's Dime Novel Project
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Dime novels written by women were once enormously popular with their readers, ...

Dime novels written by women were once enormously popular with their readers, but the genre has been neglected for most of its history by scholars, collectors, and libraries. The genre suffers from the double burden of being both popular and written for working-class women. This project hopes to overcome the history of oversight to both the form and its readers by providing information about the novels themselves, the authors, the readers, and nineteenth century public reaction.
This site is a source of information about women’s dime novels and includes primary sources on dime novels, biographies for lesser-known authors, lists of relevant archival collections and cover art.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
Women's Studies
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George Mason University
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Center for History and New Media
Author:
Felicia L. Carr
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Gender Roles
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This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are ...

This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are built, defined, and fulfilled on an individual and societal level. These roles are both an outcome of and rationale for appearance, behavior, and interactions of individuals and groups. Such concepts of gendered behavior are impacted by various factors including one's age, geographic location, social class, religion, marital status, and ethnicity. In this unit, students explore the dynamics of gender in the Arab world and consider their varied manifestations, perhaps challenging traditional notions of gender in the region. Students will explore the nuances of gendered interactions in public and private space and the pressures that gender expectations may place on individuals in the region. By engaging with texts and stories from the region, students will consider how those traditional expectations are negotiated and contested in a variety of ways.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arthurian Literature and Celtic Colonization, Spring 2005
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Studies the relation between imaginative texts and the culture surrounding them. Emphasizes ...

Studies the relation between imaginative texts and the culture surrounding them. Emphasizes ways in which imaginative works absorb, reflect, and conflict with reigning attitudes and world views. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication. Topic for Fall: Ethical Interpretation. Topic for Spring: Women Reading, Women Writing. The course examines the earliest emergence of stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in the context of the first wave of British Imperialism and the expanded powers of the Catholic Church during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The morphology of Arthurian romance will be set off against original historical documents and chronicle sources for the English conquests in Brittany, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland to understand the ways in which these new attitudes towards Empire were being mythologized. Authors will include Bede, Geoffrey of Monmouth, ChrĚŠtien de Troyes, Marie de France, Gerald of Wales, together with some lesser known works like the Perilous Graveyard, the Knight with the Sword, and Perlesvaus, or the High History of the Holy Graal. Special attention will be paid to how the narrative material of the story gets transformed according to the particular religious and political agendas of each new author.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Women's Studies
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Cain
James
Beloved by Toni Morrison
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This collection uses primary sources to explore Toni Morrison's Beloved. Digital Public ...

This collection uses primary sources to explore Toni Morrison's Beloved. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

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Literature
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Digital Public Library of America
Provider Set:
Primary Source Sets
Author:
Melissa Strong
Birth Control- Implant
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This is a SoftChalk about the Birth Control Implant. It talks about ...

This is a SoftChalk about the Birth Control Implant. It talks about what it is, how to use, how much it costs, and more. By the end of the lesson you will be able to identify what the birth control implant is, explain how the implant works, discuss its pros and cons, and identify cost options.

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Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Paige Bolton
Breaking New Ground
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This video from Wide Angle provides a look at some of the ...

This video from Wide Angle provides a look at some of the women who are leading Rwanda in government, business and promoting peace. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Women's Studies
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Lecture
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PBS LearningMedia
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The Contemporary American Family, Spring 2004
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The role of the family in human evolution, and as a symbol ...

The role of the family in human evolution, and as a symbol in our own social and political lives. Topics include: sex, marriage, and parenting; the labor market; class, race, and ethnicity; and the family's probable future. We begin by considering briefly the evolution of the family, its cross-cultural variability, and its history in the West. We next examine how the family is currently defined in the U.S., discussing different views about what families should look like. Class and ethnic variability and the effects of changing gender roles are discussed in this section. We next look at sexuality, traditional and non-traditional marriage, parenting, divorce, family violence, family economics, poverty, and family policy. Controversial issues dealt with include day care, welfare policy, and the "Family Values" debate.

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U.S. History
Anthropology
Economics
Women's Studies
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Assessment
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Homework/Assignment
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jackson, Jean Elizabeth
Conversations with History: Global Capitalism, Labor Markets, and Inequality
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard labor economist Richard B. Freeman for ...

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard labor economist Richard B. Freeman for a discussion of globalization and its complex consequences for inequality in national and global contexts. He analyzes the implications of the feminization of the labor market, the effect of immigration on national job markets, the shift of policy innovation in the U.S. from the federal government to the states, and the benefits of international labor standards. (57 minutes)

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Arts and Humanities
Women's Studies
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Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Conversations with History: Islamic Societies, with Ira Lapidus
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Ira Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley, ...

Ira Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and the founding Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on the Berkeley campus joins Harry Kreisler to discuss Islam, its relation to politics, the treatment of women in Islamic societies, and how an understanding of Islamic history might inform U.S. foreign policy. (54 min)

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Arts and Humanities
Religious Studies
Political Science
Women's Studies
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Lecture
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U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Conversations with History: Justice in Rwanda and the Rights of Women, with Alice Karekezi
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In this edition, lawyer and human rights activist Alice Karekezi joins UC ...

In this edition, lawyer and human rights activist Alice Karekezi joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler to reflect on the plight of women in Rwanda and the importance of making their struggle part of the human rights agenda. (60 min)

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Arts and Humanities
Women's Studies
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Lecture
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U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Conversations with History: Securing the Rights of Women, with Ambassador Anita Gradin
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Harry Kreisler, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley, in a conversation with ...

Harry Kreisler, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley, in a conversation with Ambassador Anita Gradin, former European Union Commissioner from Sweden. (27 min)

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Arts and Humanities
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Conversations with History: The Women's Movement in Historical Perspective, with Ruth Rosen
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In this edition, historian Ruth Rosen talks with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler ...

In this edition, historian Ruth Rosen talks with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler about the evolution of the women's movement and its impact on future generations of women. (55 min)

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Arts and Humanities
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
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U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Conversations with History: Women's Rights, Religious Freedom, and Liberal Education, with Martha C. Nussbaum
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Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes philosopher Martha Nussbaum for a discussion of ...

Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes philosopher Martha Nussbaum for a discussion of women and human development, religious freedom, and liberal education. (55 min)

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Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Women's Studies
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Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Cross-Dressing or Crossing-Over?: Sex Testing of Women Athletes
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In this "clicker case," students learn about sex determination, meiosis, and chromosomal ...

In this "clicker case," students learn about sex determination, meiosis, and chromosomal "crossing over" through the story of Santhi Soundararajan, an athlete from Kathakkurichi, India, who was stripped of a medal at the 2006 Asian Games after failing to pass a sex test. The case is called a clicker case because it combines the use of student personal response systems (clickers) with case teaching methods and formats. The case itself is a PowerPoint presentation (~2 MB) shown in class that is punctuated by questions students respond to using their clickers. It can be adapted for use without these technologies. Developed for an introductory biology class for both majors and non-majors, the case could also be used in an anatomy and physiology course or an endocrinology course.

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Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Joan Sharp
Maureen Knabb
Dire Straights: Transsexualism and Gendered Stereotypes
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This case study is a fictional account of a romantic interlude in ...

This case study is a fictional account of a romantic interlude in which a secret concerning the gender history of one of the characters is revealed. The case is intended to offer students a greater understanding of gendered culture and to discuss diversity issues. Students are also introduced to the possible scientific basis for "transgenderedness" and ultimately transsexualism. The case was developed for a community college level introductory cultural anthropology class, but could also be used in introductory gender classes or in courses where diversity issues may arise, such as in some sociology classes.

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Anthropology
Psychology
Sociology
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Frank Monteleone