Gender History Applied HIST5170

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

In this online course, students will evaluate existing initiatives and propose new interventions to 'gender', 'queer' and 'decolonise' historical materials, interpretations, and narratives within key public history sites such as museums and galleries; archives and libraries; community history; television and film; and blogs and podcasts. Online learning resources will include tuition by a cross-disciplinary teams of scholars; filmed case-studies; and may feature talks by heritage, broadcasting and third sector professionals.


5 x two-hour online seminars over 11 weeks, scheduled fortnightly to alternate with 5 asynchronous Moodle Lessons.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College Level.

Excluded Courses





Blog post (e.g. review of recent exhibition, community history project, history documentary or podcast series), 1500 words in length - 30%

Project proposal (e.g. for exhibition, community project, history documentary, film festival or podcast series), 3500 words in length - 70%

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Develop students' knowledge and understanding of recent initiatives to gender, queer and decolonise public history in a range of key sites, such as museums and galleries; archives and libraries; community history; television and film; and blogs and podcasts.

■ Equip students with the skills to propose accessible and engaging gendered, queer and/or decolonial interventions within a public history setting;

■ Offer students opportunities to gain insight into institutions and organisations from fields like heritage, broadcasting and third sector, and encourage students to explore potential career paths in such areas.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify and evaluate recent initiatives to gender, queer and decolonise historical materials, interpretations and narratives in a range of key public history sites, including museums and galleries; archives and libraries; community history projects; television and film; and blogs and podcasts;

■ Identify the different professional roles and skills involved in producing public history, including curation, archival research, oral history and community projects, proposal pitching, project management, education and learning, and public engagement;  

■ Produce a persuasive and informed project proposal for a gendered, queer and/or decolonial intervention within a public history setting, such as a museum exhibition, a community oral history project, a film festival, or a podcast series;  

■ Assess and reflect on their positionality, values and ethics as gender historians and professionals in the context of current discussions regarding gender, sexuality, race, decolonisation, diversity, representation and equality;

■ Engage in lively and well-grounded discussion with fellow students, including commenting meaningfully on the work of peers.

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.