HIST2013 Medieval and Early Modern Women

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
What did the term 'woman' mean in the Middle Ages and early modern period? How were the characteristics of 'femininity' established? How did girls become women? In particular, how did the social norms applying to 'female' and 'male' affect the lives of individuals? This unit investigates how gender was established and acted out in the Middle Ages and early modern period. In particular, it analyses the writings of women themselves, to see how they thought about gender structures, how they influenced the discourses about gender in their own time, and how their own lives impacted on, and were affected by, their historical context. The time span is a long one—700 years of complex cultural interactions between 1100 and 1800 AD. It explores a wide range of female experiences in the medieval and early modern period: women and religion; women, marriage and the household; women in the wider community and finally, women and politics. Students also discover how greatly historians' interpretations of gender relations have changed in recent decades and debate the effects of historical change on the lives of women and men in the past.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic historiographical issues characteristic of the discipline of History from a wide reading of scholarly studies of gender in medieval and early modern Europe; (2) identify and evaluate the historiographical problems posed by the study of gender in the European past; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of gender in Europe between 1100 and 1800 by (a) interpreting a wide range of source material as evidence of gendered perceptions and experiences; (b) defining and applying the modern scholarly concept of gender to the study of European history; and (c) explaining in detail how historical developments affected experiences and perceptions of femininity and masculinity in medieval and early modern Europe; (4) locate appropriate sources for research essays; and (5) present arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a reflective exercise; (2) a research essay; and (3) tutorial/workshop attendance and participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jacqueline Van Gent
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 History unit
or
GEND1902 Reading Bodies
or
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
Incompatibility:
HIST2219 Medieval and Early Modern Women
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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