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Sophomore Seminar: Where Do We Come From? Families, Ancestors, & Genealogies in World History

History 2062 - Fall 2021

The family has been the most basic social unit for a long time. But how did it emerge in the first place, change over time, and maintain its organizing power? How will it change in the future? Why do we care about ancestry and write family genealogies? To answer these questions, this course surveys the history of the family from its origins to its recent developments, analyzes an array of practices in writing family histories all over the world, and practices compiling genealogies on our own. The course covers a wide range of topics including home, childhood, marriage, divorce, sex, gender, parenthood, ancestry, genealogies, and so forth. By analyzing scholarship on these issues across space (including cases of China, Japan, America, Germany), students will gain a contextual understanding of the roles of the family around the world. Attending a field trip to the Missouri Family History Center (or a virtual trip led by guest speakers from the Center), students will learn how to write family histories based on historical documents and oral interviews. The course is discussion-based: each session includes a 10-minute lecture and 70 minutes of discussion. PREREQUISITE: NONE.
Course Attributes: EN HBU BABU ISAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM

Section 01

Sophomore Seminar
INSTRUCTOR: Yu
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