INH301 - Gender and Sexuality in World History

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Subject Title
Gender and Sexuality in World History

Subject Description
Historically, women and men have been expected to behave in gender appropriate ways. Yet what is considered appropriately feminine or masculine is not fixed; instead, these ideals are socially constructed, depend on time and place, and are influenced by other categories of identity like status or class, and race and ethnicity. In this course we will examine the construction of gender ideals and consider the impact of these ideals on aspects of life ranging from the most private (sex, sexual identity, sexual regulation, family formation) to the most public (work, citizenship and political power, war, conquest). Covering the classical period to the modern period and including societies in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe, this course will take a comparative approach and will analyze the impact of cultural contact on gender ideals. Whether accepted, adapted or rejected, gender expectations have affected every aspect of men's and women's lives in world history.

Credit Status
An upper level humanities elective course for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program; also, a Liberal Studies option (LSO) for degree students

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain the significant changes and continuities in the history of gender and sexuality in world history from the classical to the modern period.
2. Explain how gender can be used as a category of historical analysis and apply this to the study of world history.
3. Evaluate the historiography of selected topics in world history.
4. Analyze primary and secondary sources.
5. Integrate knowledge from primary and secondary sources to produce academic research.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ENG 106 or one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course.

Topic Outline

  • Introduction to the Study of World History, Gender and Sexuality
  • The Historical Origin of Gender Roles
  • Men, Women and Family in the Classical Period
  • Gender and Power in the Ancient World
  • World Religions, Gender and Sexuality
  • Contact and Conflict
  • Gender and Power in the Age of Political and Social Revolution
  • War and Masculinity in the Modern Period
  • Sexuality in the Modern Age

Mode of Instruction
Your professor will use a variety of appropriate teaching modes and techniques, such as the following:  lecture, question and answer, tutorials, classroom discussion, group work, individual and/or group presentation, computer-aided instruction, and consultation.

Prescribed Texts
Reading will be assigned on a weekly basis.  

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation


All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of an assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments will be subject to a late penalty resulting in a lower grade.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be arranged in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.


Discussion Posts 10% Response Tasks (6x5%) 30%
In-class Assignments     20% Media Research Portfolio 15%
Short Paper 20% Short Paper 20%
Mid-term Exam 25%      Group Tasks (2x5%) 10%
Final Exam                          25%   Final Exam 25%

Students are graded on form as well as content. Marks (up to 5% of the final grade) may be lost for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation. 
Students are not permitted to use instructional aids during tests or exams. 
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood