Postgraduate taught 

Medieval History MSc/PgDip

Gender, Culture and Text HIST5107

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to approaches to Gender Studies by focusing on the interpretation and contextualisation of various forms of text. Written texts (historical as well as contemporary ones), oral self-narration, visual texts and other sources related to such themes as feminist theories, women's writing, masculinities, sexualities, the body, postcolonialism, performance, travel-writing and modernism will be critically discussed and given meaning by looking at the gendered nature of interpretation and expression.


10 x 2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses






i) 1 x 3,500-word essay (70%)

ii) 1 x Presentation (30%): The aim of the presentation is to apply the theoretical approaches studied in class to the student's own interpretation of a written, oral or visual source. The student presents the project orally in class (presentation of 10-15 minutes), which is followed by a discussion. A written paper is to be submitted (1500 words). Assessment takes into account both the oral presentation and written paper.



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. 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 are listed below in this box.

Course Aims

This course aims:

■ To provide an introduction to the key debates, theories, and methodologies in gender studies

■ To introduce students to new insight and application of theories such as modernism, sexuality, corporeality, postmodernism, postcolonialism, performance and feminism.

■ To offer students a range of methods, tools and techniques for the interpretation and contextualisation of 'texts', broadly understood to include not only written sources, but also audio-visual and material sources

■ To make use of collections based in local museums, archives and libraries, and introduce students to the skills and understanding needed for a critical engagement with cultural texts and sources

■ To enable students to apply their understanding of gender studies from this course to their own area of expertise, be it history, languages, cinema, literature, art, social science, media.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically assess key approaches in Gender Studies and feminist theories from an interdisciplinary perspective

■ Analyse and interpret  written, oral and visual texts using a gendered understanding of the socio-cultural world

■ Evaluate their own learning through reflection in the creation of a diary (not assessed), and critically discuss this with their 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.