• Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to explore the workings of gender in the lives and perceptions of early modern men and women.


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am - 11am

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes

Excluded Courses



One essay (1500-2000 words in length) one seminar paper, one seminar presentation, 1 x 2hr exam in April/May diet

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's honours modules are as follows:
1. the development of the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years;
2. awareness of previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options;
3. to offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awarness;
4. familiarity with complex historical debates and interpretations, skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research;
5. the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving team work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

demonstrate awareness of the patriarchal ideology informing notions of gender difference in early modern Europe and assess critically the extent to which this shaped the relative agency of men and women in a variety of contexts;

apply gender theory to the study of early modern European history;

analyse and interpret a variety of sources (both primary and secondary), particularly in a comparative framework;

evaluate historiographical debates relevant to this course in seminar presentations, essays and the examination