2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Dec 05, 2021  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

HIST 212H - Family in Western History

Credits: Four
Prerequisite: Membership in Bascom Honors Program
Throughout the history of Europe and the United States, the issue of family has been both a private and a public issue.  Churches and governments have long considered themselves to have a stake in the reproductive, marriage, and house holding choices of its citizens.  In fact, many politicians and lawmakers continue to reference traditional family values as reasons for continuing present policy decisions about marriage and family today.  But what is the traditional family?  Does one even exist? Topics we will explore will include marriage and divorce, marital and extramarital sexuality, pregnancy and parenthood, childhood, extended family such as grandparents, pets, and servants, as well as the family home. We will also explore various laws, traditions, and beliefs involved with these same topics, taking note of how religion, race, class, sexual orientation, and gender differences interact with the ideas and policies concerning families.