20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The family is one of the most important forms of social relation across historical periods and places. But this seemingly 'natural' form of social organisation has a diverse history, as households and familial relationships were shaped by their cultural, economic, and political contexts. This module examines historical family structures and familial relations, from affection and care to authority and exclusion. We pay particular attention to gender and race, considering how intersecting identities shaped the family as we know it today. Drawing on anthropology, feminist history, and queer history, we also consider non-biological kinship: from 'chosen families' to surrogacy.

Restrictions on availability: Students must have taken 40 credits from HST202-HST2999

Staff Contact: MAGLAQUE ERIN
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials,
Assessment: Course work, Practical skills assessment, Project/ portfolio

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK