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Postgraduate Course: Gender in the History of the Americas (HIST11013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide advanced level knowledge and understanding of the recent historiography of gender across the Americas (North America, Caribbean and Latin America).
Course description The goal of this course is develop students' knowledge and understanding of recent historical research that uses gender as a category of analysis, focused on a range of American societies. The course proceeds through reading a series of monographs that address related themes in different national contexts. We will also read some more explicitly theoretical and comparative articles, to set the historical monographs in context. By the end of the course, students will have a good sense of the range of ways in which the concept of gender has been used by historians, as well as a good knowledge of selected problems in Latin American, Caribbean, and North American gender histories.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the important themes and issues relating to gender in the history of the Americas
  2. demonstrate a familiarity with major theoretical approaches to gender in the history of the Americas
  3. demonstrate that they can identify and follow lines of research in the subject area of gender in the history of the Americas
  4. demonstrate their analytical and presentational competency in written assignments, group discussion and oral presentations
Reading List
Indicative reading list: specific readings will change from year to year
Dore, Elizabeth and Maxine Molyneux. Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America. Durham: Duke University Press, 2000.
French, William, and Katherine Bliss. Gender, Sexuality and Power in Latin America since Independence. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.
Gobeer, Richard. Sexual Revolution in Early America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
Jaffary, Nora, ed. Gender, Race and Religion in the Colonization of the Americas. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.
Morgan, Jennifer. Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania University Press, 2004.
Murray, Pamela, ed. Women and Gender in Modern Latin America (London: Routledge, 2014).
Rose, Sonya. What is Gender History? Cambridge: Polity, 2010.
Rowe, Rochelle. Imagining Caribbean Womanhood: Race, Nation, and Beauty Competitions, 1929-1970. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Tiemeyer, Philip James. Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By taking this course students will be able to:
- Process and critically assess information derived from historical research, utilising historiographical, theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills specific to the subject area of the student's research.
- Provide clear written and oral analyses based on historical information.
- Utilize central theoretical and cultural concepts.
- Identify historical continuities and contrasts.
- Construct and pursue a coherent historical argument based on the hypotheses which have been formulated and tested by reference to primary and secondary source material.
- Understand the role of causality in historical evolution.
- Locate an argument - whether verbal or written - within a broader intellectual context and evaluate its implications from that more general perspective.
- Formulate and implement a plan of research.
- Conceive and pursue to its conclusion a coherent argument founded on evidence provided by the sources at the student's disposal.
- Write clear, accurate, precise and concise prose.
- Analyse, assimilate and deploy critically a range of secondary literature relevant and essential to the student's individual research subject.
- Identify and deploy critically relevant primary historical sources.
- Locate a specific thesis within its broader historiography.
- Formulate hypotheses relating to the student's research subject and test them by marshalling a range of primary and secondary evidence.
- Reflect critically on the processes and methods which the student utilises in both their research and their writing.
- Reflect critically on the role of the individual in achieving their own personal and intellectual ambitions and goals.
- Assimilate, process and communicate a wide range of information from a variety of sources.
- Undertake written and verbal textual analysis incorporating historical evidence.
- Formulate and implement a plan of verbal communication through tutorial participation.
- Undertake a sustained independent research project, and complete it within a strict time limit to the highest textual standards.
- Write clear, accurate, precise and concise prose in different formats.
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