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Global Perspectives: WWI

A “global perspective” is when someone can think about a situation as it relates to the rest of the world. In Global Perspectives: WWI, students will be introduced to the interdisciplinary study of women, gender, and sexuality, while exploring how World War I continues to shape our lives up to the present day.

WGSS 101 - Introduction to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Nicholas Syrett, Women,Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Fulfills Goal 4 Outcome 1 (AE41), Goal 3 Social Sciences (GE3S), 3 credit hours

WGSS 101 introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of women, gender, and sexuality. Specifically, students will learn how gender and sexuality are constructed in society and culture through institutions such as schools, family, and media. We will ask how we learn about gender and why it mattes, how intersecting gender with other categories of identity such as race, class, sexuality, age, ability, and nationality helps us understand the complexity of gender, hierarchy, gender inequality, and gender oppression. We will see how individuals and communities have resisted and mobilized against various forms of gender discrimination. We will explore these questions while reading a variety of materials that explore the roles and representations of women, gender, and sexuality in media, art, politics, economy, and education.

Nick Syrett grew up in Peterborough, Ontario, a university town northeast of Toronto. He went to college in New York City, where he majored in Women's and Gender Studies, and then earned a Ph.D. in American Studies. Syrett researches the history of gender, sexuality, and childhood in nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States and teaches in sexual politics in the contemporary world. 



HUM/EURS 177 - How World War I Changed the World
Dale Urie, HUM

Fulfills Goal 1 Outcome 1 (GE11), 3 credit hours

World War I, which began 100 years ago, is largely responsible for shaping the way we understand ourselves and creating the world we inhabit. The Great War accelerated changes in technology, transportation, art, fashion, food, science, religion, gender and social relations, leisure, and other aspects of everyday life in Europe and the United States. From Downtown Abbey (PBS) to War Horse (Spielberg), even today, we find it necessary to make sense of this catastrophic event in modern history. This course will try to do just that.

Senior Lecturer Dale UrieDale Urie grew up in Florida, part of a family that took vacations to Egypt, Jordan, Israel and many parts of Europe. A family vacation as a teenager launched her interest in understanding the connections between the past and present, between peoples of one region and another and between religions. As a modern European historian she has taught classes on the development of civilizations and on both World War I and World War II. Most recently she won a Fulbright to continue examining the role that Muslim immigrants in Europe are playing in redefining what it meant to be European and what it means to be Muslim in traditionally non-Muslim countries. She is currently in Florence, Italy with a group of KU students directing a semester-long study abroad program for the Humanities and Western Civilization program. The semester ends in Paris, France where she hopes to do some research that will be included in this course on World War I.

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