History MA/MA(SocSci)

Gender, Sexuality and Modernity in Scotland, c. 1800-1918 HIST4234

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines gendered and sexual attitudes and behaviours in Scotland during the period c.1800-1918. Traditionally perceived as an era of change from a time of 'repression' to a more 'liberated' modernity, recent historiography points to diversity, ambiguity and continuity as well as change. 


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.

Excluded Courses





Examination (120 minutes duration) - 60%

Coursework 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:


■ Conduct independent and original analyses of a diverse range of complex evidence, including primary sources; subject such primary sources to the core considerations of provenance, perspective, context, intent and audience.

■ Critically evaluate the key historiographical and theoretical debates relating to this subject in written and oral form, thereby facilitating student-led learning, and rigorous and informed debate.

■ Develop the confidence, imagination, skills and self-discipline required to master a similarly demanding brief in the future, whether in historical research or in any sphere or employment where these qualities are valuable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Identify and describe the diverse gendered and sexual discourses in circulation in Scotland during the period c.1800-1918; critically assess the impact of these discourses on the lived experience of Scottish women and men;

2. Critically evaluate contrasting interpretations of gendered and sexual aspects of modern Scottish history through a consideration of primary sources, recent historiographical research and key methodological and theoretical approaches relating to a range of themes, such as religion and 'woman's mission'; science, medicine and the body; masculinities and leisure; and politics and women's rights;

3. Apply key theoretical concepts and methodological approaches from gender studies to modern Scottish history;

4. Present lucid arguments, substantiated by a range of relevant evidence, which show an understanding of key historical interpretations, in the form of a written essay;

5. 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.