Manliness to #MeToo: A Global History of Modern Masculinities HIST4282

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • 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 special subject will compare and contrast the different iterations of masculine identity in diverse social and national contexts throughout the modern world, from c.1800 to the present. Key theoretical concepts from gender, feminist, queer and trans studies will be assessed for their utility to the study of men and masculinities, and a wide range of primary sources considered. The geographical and thematic scope is broad, encompassing regions across the globe and tackling a wide range of topics and issues.


3x1hr seminars over 20 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.This is one of the Honours options in History, and may not run every year. The options that are running in the current session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours in History.

Excluded Courses





Two Examinations (2-hour duration) - 25% each

Two Essays (3,000 words) - 15% each

Two Seminar Presentations (10 minutes) accompanied by PowerPoint slides - 6% each

Two written responses (300 words) to peer seminar presentations, initially delivered orally as part of a 'discussant' role - 4% each

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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 aims to:

■ Assess competing interpretations and theoretical concepts relating to the study of men and masculinities in a global comparative context;

■ Encourage students to undertake independent and original analysis of a complex range of evidence, including textual and non-textual primary source materials;

■ Develop the confidence, imagination, self-discipline and skills required to excel in similar demanding work in postgraduate work or in employment. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify and describe the differing masculine identities performed and experienced in a variety of social arenas and national contexts within modern global history; reflect upon and evaluate the similarities and differences between these masculine identities;

■ Explain key theoretical concepts from gender, feminist, queer and trans studies and evaluate historians' use of these concepts in their interpretations of modern masculinities;

■ Critically assess and contextualise relevant primary sources, including non-textual evidence such as films and material artefacts;

■ Critique historians' differing interpretations of aspects of the history of modern global masculinities, such as: queerness; domesticity and fatherhood; sexual violence; self, subjectivity and emotions, and; colonial encounters;

■ Present research findings in unambiguous, concise and effective prose or verbal argument, incorporating different kinds of substantiating evidence; engage in lively and well-grounded discussion with fellow students, including commenting meaningfully on your peers' work.

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.