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Fall 2017
Jun 18, 2024
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HIST 31505 - American Beauty
Credit Hours: 3.00. This course explores twentieth-century gender history in the United States through the concept of beauty. Ideals about beauty intersect with politics, economics, technological developments, medical innovations, and nation building. A critical examination of beauty as seen through advertising, pageants, and material culture, yields insight about modern womanhood, everyday life, and identify formation in the twentieth century United States. Typically offered Fall Spring.
3.000 Credit hours

Syllabus Available
Levels: Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional
Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture

Offered By: College of Liberal Arts
Department: History

Course Attributes:
GTC-Humanistic-Artistic, UC-Humanities, Upper Division

May be offered at any of the following campuses:     
      West Lafayette

Learning Outcomes: 1. Appreciate the ways that beauty has been pursued by individuals, health practitioners, corporations, and media cultures since 1900. 2. Understand and recognize how assumptions about gender have influenced the way that beauty is constructed and experienced at different places and times. 3. Think historically and critically about the culture consequences of technologies related to beauty. 4. Think historically and critically about approaches to the study of beauty in modern American history. 5. Understand the difference between secondary and primary sources. 6. Analyze and interpret primary documents related to beauty cultures. 7. Understand the competing and conflicting nature of historical interpretation. 8. Sharpen critical reading, thinking, writing, and discussion skills.

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