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Undergraduate Course: Gender and Society: Men and Women in the Middle Ages, 1000-1500 (HIST10072)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the construction of gender and sexuality in medieval Europe, 1000-1500. In particular, it looks at medieval ideas of gender, the relationship between gender and status for both men and women, and ideas of normative and transgressive sexualities.
Course description The aims of the course are
┐ to develop an understanding of ideas about gender and sexuality as analytical categories
┐ to relate gender in the Middle Ages to its social and cultural contexts
┐ to explore medieval social and cultural life more widely via this analysis
┐ to develop study skills and analytical capabilities, through an engagement with both secondary discussion and primary source material.
Topics that are covered include: medieval and modern ideas of the Body; Medieval Masculinities such as Chivalric Masculinity, Clerical Masculinity and Labouring Masculinity; the Woman Debate; Femininity and Christianity; Women┐s Work in the Countryside, and Medieval Sexuality including a discussion of same-sex relations, chastity and virginity and the evidence for a sexual double standard.
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, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503767).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  1
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 66 %, Coursework 34 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment); one two-hour examination paper (two-thirds of overall assessment).
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others.
Reading List
H. Leyser, Medieval Women (1995; 2002).
J. Ward, Women in Medieval Europe, 1200-1500 (2002).
R.M. Karras, From Boys to Men: Formation of Masculinity in Late Medieval Europe (2002).
R.M. Karras, Sexuality in Medieval Europe (2005; rev. edn 2012).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGender Society
Course organiserDr Cordelia Beattie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3778
Course secretaryMiss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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