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

Postgraduate Course: Approaches to Gender History (PGHC11209)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed to introduce you to the methods, concepts and theoretical approaches that have shaped the study of gender history in relation to a variety of contexts and time periods. Our approach is comparative, enabling reflection on continuity and change across significant periods of time as well as geographical place.
Course description This course examines the significance and contribution that gender history has made to other areas of study as well as the ways in which 'gender' has intersected with other categories of analysis. We will begin by looking at some of the key theoretical work that has informed gender history as a sub-disciplinary area. The approach that we take is then both comparative and thematic: each week we will address a different concept or topic (eg. the body and sexuality; work; religion; status and consumption; nation and empire; subversion and transgression; space). You will be encouraged, to pursue an essay topic in relation to your own particular research interests (period, place etc), reporting back to the group on your findings
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate significant knowledge of different methodologies and approaches to gender history
  2. Show understanding of how evolving gender discourses and practices have been affected by and contribute to political, social, economic and cultural transformations
  3. Assess historiographical debate and controversy
  4. Demonstrate enhanced skills of comparative analysis
  5. Show enhanced skills of contributing to tutorial discussion
Reading List
L. Ahmed (1992) Women and Gender in Islam. Historical Roots of a Modern Debate (Yale University Press)

H. Beckles (1989) Natural Rebels. A Social History of Enslaved Black Women in Barbados (Rutgers)

J.M. Bennett (2006), History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism (Manchester University Press)

R.W. Connell (1995) Masculinities (Cambridge University Press)

G. Dawson (1994) Soldier Heroes. British Empire, Adventure and the Imagining of Masculinities (Routledge)

b. hooks (1982) Ain't I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism (London, Pluto)

T. W. Laqueur (1990) Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (Cambridge, MA)

J. Mangan and J. Walvin eds. (1987) Manliness and Morality. Middle-Class Masculinity in Britain and America 1800-1940 (St Martins Press)

R. Mazo Karras (2005) Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others (New York)

T. Sarkar (2001) Hindu Wife, Hindu Nation (Bloomington)

J. W. Scott (1986) 'Gender: a useful category of historical analysis', American Historical Review 91.5

M. Sinha, Colonial Masculinity. The 'Manly Englishman' and the 'Effeminate Bengali' in the Late Nineteenth-Century (New York, 1995)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsAppsToGenHist Approaches Gender History
Course organiserDr Cordelia Beattie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3778
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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