Women in Non-Western Civilization

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HIS 237

       Course Name: Women in Non-Western Civilization

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines women’s roles and accomplishments in non-Western civilization from prehistory to the present.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.    Define the major historical figures, events, and ideas associated with the history of women in non-western civilization.
B.    Describe the achievements of women in non-western civilization in political, cultural, and social terms.
C.    Explain the interrelationship between the political, economic, social and cultural institutions of the history of women in non-western civilization.
D.    Analyze primary and secondary sources related to women in non-western civilization.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction to Women’s History
B.    Pre-history
C.    Ancient Civilizations
D.    Women's Rule
E.    Early Modern Era
F.    Imperialism
G.    Colonialism
H.    Women and World War One
I.    Women in the 1920s and 1930s
J.    Women and World War Two
K.    Post-War Gender Roles
L.    Current Issues

VII.  Methods of Instruction

    Classes will include a variety of instructional methods such as: lectures, in class discussions, group activities, document and film analysis and the use of new technologies.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

    Students will be required to:
A. Read a standard textbook and research materials;
B. Write outside of class the equivalent of 15-20 double-spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, book reviews, summaries of journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing;
C. Complete quizzes, worksheets, a midterm, and a final exam;
D. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources as the foundation of modern historical scholarship;
E. Interpret primary sources critically by analyzing their historical contexts;
F. Formulate historical interpretations and defend them critically with reference to primary and secondary sources; and incorporate into historical interpretations as an understanding of historical causation knowledge of important figures and events and their chronological relationship to each other and an awareness of the contingent relationships using several variables;
G. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

At least two exams will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.