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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the study of medieval men and masculinities. The course focuses on a series of primary sources from the tenth to the twelfth centuries including Scandinavian sagas; chivalric romances; monastic histories and medieval letter collections.
Course description The 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 (designated 'Course Units') 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
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show an in-depth knowledge of the important themes and issues relating to the construction and representations of medieval masculinities
  2. Have a familiarity with the theoretical approaches to the subject of medieval men and masculinities
  3. Identify and follow lines of research in the subject area of medieval men and masculinities
  4. Demonstrate their analytical and presentational competency in written assignments, group discussion and oral presentations
Reading List
ARNOLD, John, and BRADY, Sean, What is Masculinity?: Historical Dynamics from Antiquity to the Contemporary World (Basingstoke, 2011)

ADAMS, Rachel and SAVRAN, David, eds., The Masculinity Studies Reader (Oxford, 2002)

BENNETT, Judith, History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism (Manchester,2006)

BEATTIE. Cordelia, FENTON, Kirsten A., Eds., Intersections of Gender, Religion and Ethnicity in the Middle Ages, (Basingstoke, 2011)

COHEN, Jeffrey Jerome, and WHEELER, Bonnie, Eds., Becoming Male in the Middle Ages (New York, 1997; 2000)

CONNELL, R.W., Gender and Power (Cambridge, 1987)

CONNELL, R.W., Masculinities (Cambridge, 1995)

CONNELL, R.W.,The Men and the Boys (Cambridge, 2000)

HADLEY, Dawn, M., Masculinity in Medieval Europe (Harlow, 1999)

LEES, Clare, ed., Medieval Masculinities. Regarding Men in the Middle Ages (Minneapolis and London, 1994)

MURRAY, Jacqueline, ed., Conflicted Identities and Multiple Masculinities: Men in the Medieval West (London, 1999)

WHITEHEAD, Stephen M., and BARRETT, Frank J., eds., The Masculinities Reader (Cambridge, 2001)

WHITEHEAD, Stephen M., Men and Masculinities (Cambridge, 2002)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsMedMen&Masc Medieval Masculinities
Course organiserDr William Aird
Tel: (0131 6)50 9968
Course secretaryMiss Katherine Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349
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