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Postgraduate Course: The Material Culture of Gender in Eighteenth Century Britain (PGHC11144)

Course Outline
School School of History, Classics and Archaeology College College of Humanities and Social Science
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Postgraduate (School of History and Classics) Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course provides an advanced analysis of the material and visual cultures of gender in Britain in the eighteenth century; it builds on themes introduced in the course 'Britain and America in the 18th Century: Material and Visual Cultures', including key themes and methodologies associated with the study of gender in a historical context. It is designed as an in-depth preparation for dissertation research. Teaching (11 sessions) is based on set reading and small-group tutorial discussion. Contemporary testimony - based on diaries, journals and letters - is a particular focus for reading and analysis. Themes include theories and methodologies of gender and material culture; gender, space and the city; comfort and the home; country houses and masculinity; style and taste; the gendered consumer; material culture and the cult of politeness; emotions and the social life of things; sexual boundaries and clothing.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralSeminarRm 2.26 Doorway 4, Teviot Place1-11 10:00 - 12:00
First Class First class information not currently available
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will have an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the material cultures of gender in eighteenth century Britain at a level that provides a foundation for future independent research. In particular, the course seeks:

- to provide a foundation awareness of the theoretical and methodological issues that underpin the study of material cultures of gender in past times.
- to provide an introduction to the types of sources that are used in such studies, including, in particular, material and visual sources and personal testimonies
- to encourage the student's ability to read and contextualize challenging research-based texts.
- to provide an opportunity for small group discussion, including the ability to direct such discussion.
- to enable students to make effective use of library and IT resources.
- to provide an opportunity for a sustained piece of critical writing on a theme arising from the course.
- to facilitate the transition towards in-depth research in the field for those students who wish to undertake a dissertation on some aspect of gender and material culture in eighteenth century Britain.
Assessment Information
One 3000 word essay on a theme agreed with the Course Organiser, or a piece of work as specified by the programme.

FOR HISTORY MSC BY RESEARCH (MODE C): Additional to the above, one 2500 word dissertation proposal.
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Course organiser Dr Stana Nenadic
Tel: (0131 6)50 3839
Course secretary Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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