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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAlthough there is debate about the application of modern concepts of 'gender' and 'sexuality' to the study of the Middle Ages, medieval case studies have been at the centre of women's and gender history for as long as the fields have existed. This course explores the exciting and rich history of medieval gender and sexuality, focussing in particular on medieval ideas about the body, the performance of gender, intersectionality, and normative and transgressive sexualities.
Course description This course examines how medieval people thought about, performed, and experienced gender between the years 1000­-1500. After an introduction to medieval ideas about the body and gendered difference, weekly classes will allow students to explore a range of topics, such as power relations between medieval men and women; how intersectional considerations of gender help us to understand better cross-cultural and/or interfaith interactions; and how normative genders and sexualities were produced by medieval thinkers through their definition of the transgressive. In addition to gaining confidence in the analysis of medieval source material, students will also gain a broader grounding in the conceptual frameworks used by historians to understand gender and sexuality in past societies.
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.
Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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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
Judith M. Bennett, History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010)
Monica H. Green, "Bodily Essences: Bodies as Categories of Difference," in Linda Kalof (ed.), A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age (Oxford: Berg, 2010), pp. 149-72
Judith M. Bennett and Ruth Mazo Karras (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
Monica H. Green, "Conversing with the Minority: Relations among Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Women in the High Middle Ages", Journal of Medieval History, 34 (2008), 105-118
Ruth Mazo Karras, Sexuality in Medieval Europe (2nd edn, 2012)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGender Society
Course organiserProf Cordelia Beattie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3778
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Perry
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