Gender in North American History

HIST 280/6.0

A survey of the history of gender in North America. Examines topics such as patriarchy and the unequal status of women, masculinity, racial and ethnic relations, and sexuality. Also considers the impact of gender on historical events and phenomena such as industrialization, class conflict, World War II and the Cold War. 

Learning Outcomes

Unit 1Introduction to Womenès and Gender History
Unit 2The History of Manhood and Masculinity
Unit 3Early (N-E) Encounters and White Settlement
Unit 4The Doctorine of Separate Sphers
Unit 5Upper Canada as Contested Society
Unit 6Gender, Crowds and Collective Disorder
Unit 7Womanhood, Gender and Industrialism
Unit 8Maternal Feminism during the Age of Reform
Unit 9Women's Suffrage and Christian Temperance
Unit 10Moral Panic and Sexual Regulation
Unit 11The Great Depression and Female Employment
Unit 12Gender Jitters during WWII
Unit 13Mass-Consumption, Suburban Sadness and Post-War Immigration
Unit 14Modern Struggles for Gender Equality and Women's Rights


This course introduces students to the dynamic fields of Women‘s and Gender History, in the North American context. Over the course of the year, we will use the lenses of manhood, womanhood and modern – “gender analysis” to: (1) explore the unity and diversity of men and women‘s ―”sexed lives”; and (2) investigate some of the ways, in which popular understandings of male and female difference have shifted (or been subtly reinforced), overtime.


Book Review15%
Blog Participation25%
Research Paper Prosposal 10%
Research Paper25%
Final Protctored Exam25%



I am currently a fifth year PhD student at Queen’s University in the Department of History. My dissertation, which is in its final stages, explores the relationship between Ontario/Canadian identities and monuments. I consider how monument building is part of the process of ‘colonizing memories’, and my five case studies in southern Ontario demonstrate this development. I have published papers on gender and memory, as well as the Underground Railroad Monument in Windsor Ontario and (upcoming) Empire Day celebrations in Hamilton. I currently live in Ottawa, but grew up in Calgary, Alberta. 

I have taught courses in Canadian History, Gender History and Women’s and Gender Studies. From the very first year of my university education, my research has considered subjects through a ‘gendered lens’. I encourage students in all of my courses to think about what it means to think critically about both the past and present. Therefore, as you go through this online course, you should be constantly questioning and challenging your own (and other’s!) ideas.  

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 240 hours in study, practice and online activity for HIST 280.

The readings for this course are a key component and so you are expected to have read all articles or chapters assigned each week in preparation for the weekly blog discussion. Readings should take approximately five to six hours to get through and blog entries could take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour depending on a number of variables, such as the quality of your notes or the length of your contribution. All additional assignments are given prep time within the course, ranging from one week to three weeks, during which you will not have to do weekly readings or blog entries. Of course, it is always best to be thinking through major course concepts throughout the year, in ways that may assist when writing your book review and research paper.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.


Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

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How does this affect my academics?
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Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.