Final Research Paper
Define your project by thinking about the parameters of the class topically, theoretically, geographically, and chronologically. Your Final Paper is a way to explore an area of the course material that you find most compelling. Build toward your Final Paper by assessing scholarship relevant to your interests during each week of the class. To make your choices, start broadly by identifying your larger interests in history: political, social, economic, cultural, etc. Think about how and why you understand the mechanisms that generate change or produce continuity over time. Consider the different topics the class addresses carefully. After assessing how you understand historical processes, formulate a paper topic with an analytic thesis that addresses the following question:
How did gender constructs influence the social, economic, political, legal, religious, or cultural history of a specific society? Choose a specific time period and location as the context for explaining the significance of using gender as a category of historical analysis.