Women And Feminist Movements In Europe C 1789 - 1945 HIST4177

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is an examination of the history of feminism as an idea and a movement, the preconditions for its emergence, the circumstances in which feminists formulated their ideas and their actions, and the changing ways in which women challenged ideologies, systems and institutions which excluded or subordinated them.


This course is taught twice weekly as scheduled in MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of third year honours

Excluded Courses



Two termly essays: 10% each; Two termly presentations: 6% each; Seminar contribution: 4% in each semester;  Examination: 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims common to all the History Honours Special Subjects are as follows:

■ To prepare students for independent and original analysis of a complex range of evidence, including source materials, thereby developing intellectual skills which will be of benefit in a wide range of careers.

■ To show students how a professional historian works.

■ To familiarise students, through source-criticism, with a wide range of problems of interpretation arising from different usages of language, underlying meanings and intentions, differing standards of objectivity, and the variety of purpose and intent associated with historical evidence (written, visual or other).

■ To ensure, through student-led discussion, that the relative validity of alternative historical interpretations is fully recognised.

■ To encourage students to develop the confidence, imagination, skills and self-discipline required to master a similarly demanding brief in the future, whether in historical research, or in any sphere of employment where these qualities are valuable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this Special Subject students should be able to:

1. demonstrate familiarity with the debates about the nature of woman in this period and have a sound understanding of the diverse ideologies and discourses informing women's position;


2. demonstrate a clear understanding of the variety of ways in which women across Europe understood and interpreted their experience and the ways in which they sought to change this; in other words, understand and demonstrate your knowledge of the variety of feminisms in this period.


3. demonstrate the ability to approach the study of modern Europe from a variety of theoretical perspectives such as theories of gender relations, feminist theory and post-modern theory;


4. demonstrate the ability to critically analyse and engage with a variety of sources (primary and secondary) in a number of forms (textual, visual, computer aided, web-based) requiring different means of interpretation.


5. demonstrate the ability to present your findings (in essays and seminar papers) in grammatical, effective prose or verbal argument.