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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Medieval Men and Masculinities (PGHC11369)

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 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course examines constructions and representations of medieval masculinities. Over the last twenty years there has developed considerable academic interest in this subject and students will be expected to engage fully with this historiography. The course examines three major themes taught through a series of ten seminars. These themes are: constructions of masculinity and the medieval life course (mothers and sons; young men; fathers and fatherhood); medieval men at war (the rise of the chivalric ideal; courtliness and taming the warrior; courage and cowardice); medieval men and the Church (the Herrenfrage; monastic masculinities; holiness and masculinity).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
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, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the course the student will be able to:
Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the important themes and issues relating to the construction and representations of medieval masculinities.
Exhibit a familiarity with the theoretical approaches to the subject of medieval men and masculinities.
Identify and follow lines of research in the subject area of medieval men and masculinities.
Demonstrate their analytical and presentational competency in written assignments, group discussion and oral presentations.
Assessment Information
Assessment [100%] is through ONE 4000 word essay. The essay title is to be devised by the student in consultation with the course organizer. Essay titles must be agreed with the course organizer.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Indicative Bibliography
Aird, William M., 'Frustrated Masculinity: the relationship between William the Conqueror and his Eldest Son', in Hadley (1999), pp.39-55
Aird, William M., 'The Tears of Bishop Gundulf: Gender, Religion, and Emotion in the Late Eleventh Century' in Beattie (2011), pp.62-84
Beattie, Cordelia and Fenton, Kirsten A., Intersections of Gender, Religion and Ethnicity in the Middle Ages, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2011
Bennett, Judith M., History Matters. Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism, , University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia PA, 2006
Bernau, Anke, et al., eds., Medieval Virginities, University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 2003
Brubaker, Leslie and Smith, Julia M., Gender in the Early Medieval West. East and West, 300-900, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2004
Bullough, Vern L., and Brundage, James A., eds. Handbook of Medieval Sexuality, Garland Publishing Inc.: New York, 2000
Cadden, Joan, Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages, Medicine, science and culture, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1993
Clark, David, Between Medieval Men. Male Friendship and Desire in Early Medieval English Literature, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2009
Connell, R.W., Gender and Power, Polity: Cambridge, 1987
Connell, R.W., Masculinities, Polity: Cambridge,1995
Connell, R.W., The Men and the Boys, Polity: Cambridge, 2000
Cullum, P.H. and Lewis, Katherine J., eds., Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages, University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 2004
Edgington, Susan B. and Lambert, Sarah, eds., Gendering the Crusades, University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 2001
Hadley, Dawn Marie, ed., Masculinity in Medieval Europe, Longman: Harlow, 1999
Fenton, Kirsten A., Gender, Nation and Conquest in the works of William of Malmesbury, The Boydell Press: Woodbridge, 2008
Gilchrist, Roberta , Medieval Life. Archaeology and the Life Course, The Boydell press: Woodbridge, 2012
Houts, Elisabeth van, Memory and Gender in Medieval Europe, 900-1200, Macmillan Press: Basingstoke, 1999
Itnyre, Cathy Jorgensen, ed., Medieval Family Roles, Garland Publishing, Inc.: New York and London, 1996
Karras, Ruth Mazo, From Boys to Men. Formations of Masculinity in Late Medieval Europe, University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia PA, 2003
Lees, Clare A., ed. Medieval Masculinities. Regarding Men in the Middle Ages, University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, 1994
McNamara, Jo Ann, 'The Herrenfrage: the restructuring of the Gender System, 1050-1150' in Lees (1994), pp.3-29
Parsons, John Carmi and Wheeler, Bonnie, eds., Medieval Mothering, Garland Publishing Inc.: New York and London, 1996
Scott, Joan Wallach, Gender and the Politics of History, Columbia University Press: New York, 1988
Stafford, Pauline and Mulder-Bakker, Anneke B., eds., Gendering the Middle Ages, Blackwell Publishing: Oxford, 2001
Youngs, Deborah, The Life Cycle in Western Europe, c.1300-c.1500, Manchester University Press: Manchester, 2006
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr William Aird
Tel: (0131 6)50 9968
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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