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HIST 1270 - Women in European History, 1450‑1848

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

A survey of the history of women and their roles (political, economic, social, religious, cultural) in European history from the Renaissance to the beginning of the women’s movement in 1848 and including accounts of selected exceptional women, notable and notorious alike, who left their mark on the past.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze the world of the Renaissance woman.


  1. Identify the different standards under which men and women operated in the Renaissance Era.
  2. Identify examples of how the Renaissance woman remained resilient in a male dominated world.
  3. Identify examples of the restrictiveness of Renaissance society.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the three distinct stages in the overall struggle of Early Modern European women to achieve equality.


  1. Describe the impact of the Protestant Reformation, the Counter Reformation and the Wars of Religion on the lives of women.
  2. Describe the impact of emerging industrialization within Europe on the lives of women.
  3. Describe the impact of societal revolution within Europe on the lives of women.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the birth of the modern feminist movement as a natural climax of historical processes within Early Modern European history.


  1. Assess both the reality of women’s lives as well as the success of historical women’s activism by the start of the 19th century, giving particular emphasis to a comparison between the following two revolutionary movements and the respective roles of women:
    1. American Revolution.
    2. French Revolution.
  2. Identify the historical events surrounding the birth of the modern feminist movement.
  3. Identify responses, victories and struggles within the early years of the feminist movement.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES

  1. Understanding the Reality of Women’s Lives in Early Modern Europe - The World of the Renaissance Woman
    1. The Renaissance Man v. The Renaissance Woman
    2. The Resiliency of Women
      1. Renaissance Female Ruler - The Quandary of Women in a Powerful Societal Position
      2. Education of the Renaissance Woman
    3. The End Result? Few Changes in the Lives of Women
  2. Three Distinct Stages in the Overall Struggle to Achieve Equality (1500-1815)
    1. The Protestant Reformation, the Counter Reformation and the Wars of Religion - The Awakening of European Women (1519-1648)
    2. Emerging Industrialization - Rising Frustration and Activism (1648-1750)
    3. The Revolutionary Era - Ingredients of Feminist Thought Emerge (1750-1815)
      1. The Enlightenment - Intellectualism, liberty and equality
      2. Romanticism - Sexual Politics and Women’s Activism
      3. Industrial Revolution - Abandonment of the Family Economy and Shifting Societal Roles
  3. The Birth of the Feminist Movement (1815-1848)
    1. The Reality of Women’s Lives by the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century
      1. American Revolution
      2. French Revolution
    2. The First Wave of Feminism
      1. Seneca Falls Convention
      2. Responses, victories and struggles

Primary Faculty
Crawford, Tina
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Williams-Chehmani, Angie
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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