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Undergraduate Course: Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe (HIST10279)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course examines Early Modern gender and sexuality as historical and theoretical constructs. It explores how the definitions of gender and sexuality evolved and operated in the Early Modern period, and how these definitions expressed the concerns of a given culture in matters religious, social and political alike. The course will investigate themes such as procreation, birthing, and issues of legitimacy; religion, the body, and sexual desire; sexuality and magic; prostitutes and courtesans; women and learning; sexual politics and national identity; the development of medical studies and the physician=s interest in male and female sexualities; sexuality and disease; male and female homosexuality in its cultural and social contexts; the social and legal status of the hermaphrodite; the erotic and the exotic; cross-dressing and theatre; sex and violence. By gaining some historical perspective, students will be given the opportunity to reflect on past and present gender and social norms, confront themselves with deeply engrained society values, and gain an informed perspective on a key aspect of human society.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  48
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course students will be required to demonstrate in their course work, written examination and oral presentations the following attributes:

- the capacity for analytical and critical thinking
- the ability to assess critically primary and secondary sources, understanding the challenges faced by historians when investigating the past
- the capacity to work independently on a research topic and demonstrate the ability to evaluate and use effectively the relevant information
- show an appreciation of, and respect for, different opinions
- be able to express themselves clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
- the ability to produce well-argued, well-documented, and properly referenced coursework
- good time-management and the ability to organize the workload effectively so as to meet the established deadlines
Assessment Information
One essay of about 3000 words (35% of overall assessment), in-class presentation (10%), class participation across the semester (5%), one two-hour examination paper (50%)
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
One essay of about 3000 words (35% of overall assessment), in-class presentation (10%), class participation across the semester (5%), one two-hour examination paper (50%)
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Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsGender & Sexuality
Course organiserDr Monica Azzolini
Tel: (0131 6)50 9964
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50
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