HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Fall 2023, Section 003 - Gender and Sexuality in Soviet History
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected five times for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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The Soviet revolution of 1917 promised to uproot religious prejudices, liberate women, and remake human beings. The new government established women’s legal equality and decriminalized sodomy and abortion; university students experimented with free love. This class will examine the fate of these revolutionary aspirations during the Soviet era.

Through reading and discussing primary and secondary sources, we will consider these and other questions:

  • How did revolutionaries envision the emancipation of women?
  • Why did the government policy on abortion change three times?
  • How did WWII and the Cold War impact ideas about gender?
  • What explains the Soviet state’s homophobia?

Course Requirements:

Several short essays and a take-home final

Intended Audience:

Majors and non-majors

Class Format:

Seminar and Team Based Learning activities


HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: Section 001 - Italian Fascism
003 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: Section 003 - Gender and Sexuality in Soviet History

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