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Women And Gender Relations In Europe 1789-1918 HIST4039

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the history of gender relations in Europe from the Enlightenment and the French Revolution to the end of the First World War.


10x1hr lectures and 10x1hr seminars as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in History and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

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 who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





Examination (120 minutes duration) - 60%

Essay (2,500 words) - 30%

Seminar presentation (5 minutes) - 10%

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

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years.

■ Assess competing interpretations and theoretical concepts relating to the study of the history of gender relations in Europe during the period c.1789-1918.

■ Conduct original and independent analyses of a complex range of historical evidence, including primary sources where appropriate.

■ Develop the transferable skills needed to excel in postgraduate studies or employment by fostering individual initiative, self-discipline, confidence, imagination and team-work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify and describe the diverse gendered and sexual discourses in circulation in Europe during the period c.1789-1918; evaluate the impact of this discourse on the lived experience of European women and men during the period of course.

■ Apply theories of gender and sexual relations to the study of modern European history.

■ Critique alternative gendered interpretations of aspects of modern European history such as citizenship, family, imperialism, consumption and pacifism.

■ Present lucid arguments, well supported by relevant evidence, which show an understanding of key historical interpretations, in the form of a written essay.

■ Make a brief oral presentation of arguments and evidence relating to an historical question in a manner, which encourages discussion.

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.