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HIST 5340

Seminar on Women in the Developing World

Three semester hours.

This course examines women in the developing world during the pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial periods. More
specifically, it explores the social changes that have taken place in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Among the topics addressed will be changing gender norms, ethnicity and identity, religion, polygyny, sati, motherhood, education, nationalism, political activism and the current AIDS epidemic. In each case, the emphasis will not be on victimization or cultural decline but rather, the resilience and adaptability of women as “historical actors” in the developing world.

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