ENG2535 – American Gender History

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Course content

Gender in American History can be studied from many perspectives. Beginning with the history of women, fertility, and the family, the field has expanded to examine gender roles, work, femininity, masculinity, ideologies, movement history, sexuality, sexual preference, marriage, gender in politics, and intersectional identities. This course will weave several of these themes into a central core of women’s history.

This course will begin with the colonial era and continue into the present.  Weekly seminars will examine women’s experiences chronologically and topically.  Additional readings will extend this analysis into an examination of gender, attitudes about femininity and masculinity, sexuality, fertility, work, sex and marriage.  Hands-on analysis of primary source documents will be a central part of this course.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • Will know how the perception of gender in the United States have changed over time,
  • Will know how legal rights based on gender and sexuality have changed over time
  • Will be able to analyze how historical changes regarding gender and sexuality have changed over time.
  • Will have experience analyzing primary source documents,
  • Have an understanding of how historical documents are created and maintained and how that affects what we can discover about women, families, and gender in the past.
  • Will gain experience reading, writing and communicating analytically in academic English, using appropriate tools for documenting your work ethically,


Seminar, two hours per week for ten weeks, 20 hours in total.

Within a specified date, students must submit a qualifying essay. The date for submission will be announced at the beginning of term. Make sure you have familiarized yourself with the rules for citing sources (for more information, look further below).

Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements here.

All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester.


The exam consists of two parts:

  1. A term paper of approximately 7 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters). References and bibliography comes in addition. 
  2. A 2–hour written exam.

A pass mark is required on both parts. You have to take both examination parts in the same semester. The examination parts will be graded separately with a combined final mark. The term paper counts for 60 % of the overall mark, while the written exam counts for 40 %.

Assessment guidelines

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submission in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Marks will be published on Studentweb no later than three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

For those who want to retake their exam: Since this exam includes a term paper, you must follow the classes and write a new paper in order to qualify. Admission depends on capacity.

If it's just the written exam you have missed because of illness, it is possible to apply for a postponed exam. Please contact the exam consultant for more information.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018


Autumn 2018

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