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Gender and Class in Britain c1800-1914 ESH4004

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course explores the different approaches to women's history / gender history, considering their relative merits. It also examines the social construction of gender divisions and the ways in which gender shapes the experiences of women and men.


Lecture: one hour per week, Seminar: one hour per week. Please note this course does not run every session. For the current course list please see:

Requirements of Entry

Enrolment in an MA (SocSci) or MA (Arts) Honours Programme


One essay = 20%

One source report = 20%

One two-hour examination (answer two questions) = 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to explore the different approaches to women's history / gender history and to consider their relative merits. It also aims to examine the social construction of gender divisions and the ways in which gender shapes the experiences of women and men.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Demonstrate an awareness of the different approaches to women's history / gender history.

1. Demonstrate an awareness of the variety of experiences of women in the period, across class and place.

1. Assess the impact of economic, social and cultural changes on the experience of women and on the construction of gender divisions and differences.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.