HI5050 - The Female Experience in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn how different scholars have conceptualised and written about the experiences of women across Europe in the period 1400 to 1800. You will use a thematic rather than a chronological approach. English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh, as well as European women’s lives will be examined in order to explore comparative experience. You will study topics including female identity, relationships including lesbianism and masterless women, childbirth and surrogacy, female radicalism, early women proto-capitalist traders, women and madness, gossips and slanderers, reputations and gender control, women’s writing, scientific women, early modern feminists, and women with power. You will make use of theoretical approaches to the structuring of women’s and gender history. You will move from a critical assessment of the male-centred nature of writing to female-centred writing. You will use appropriate primary sources and artefacts. This will equip you to think critically about academic literature, primary sources and historical interpretation.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn on this module by attending lectures that present core concepts of a range of female behaviour and experience throughout early modern Europe. You will learn a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to studying women’s history. You will be expected to prepare for the weekly seminars by undertaking essential and recommended reading, and will build on your independent reading by presenting your ideas and arguments in seminar discussions with your peers. All learning materials, tasks and readings will be posted on the eLearning Portal (Blackboard) to enable participation within the seminar programme. You will participate in formative assessment activities and receive feedback, and will be responsible for your own guided and independent learning. Summative assessment will match your learning against the learning outcomes for the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your academic development will be supported through engagement with your academic tutors, your peers and programme leaders. Academic support is provided through group/individual tutorials which allow specific issues to be addressed and to promote progress in academic development. The module tutor will be accessible within publicised office hours and via email. Your peers will provide you with a collaborative learning environment, and your programme leader will guide you through the requirements and expectations of your course. You will also be supported through individual engagement with the academic literature, lectures and resources available on the eLearning Portal. Formative feedback will be on-going throughout seminar activities and through assessment tasks.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which scholars debate key issues of women’s and gender history.

2. Critically discuss and consider the position of women’s experience in the early modern period.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual debates over women involved in literary production and scientific developments.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. Critically engage with historical theories and methodologies to investigate and analyse women’s history in early modern Europe.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Demonstrate an awareness of the historical treatment of women in Europe between 1400 and 1800, and their response to it, and how this has shaped perceptions of female behaviour over time, including our own perceptions.

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge and understanding of the female experience in pre-industrial Europe (1400-18000), your ability to analyse and critically discuss historiographical theories, their assumptions and application, and present a variety of primary evidence will be tested in two essays of 2,500 words each, which will span the breadth of the modules’ coverage. MLOs 1-5.

You will have the opportunity to present your work in seminars in student led discussion of the modules central themes. You will receive formative feedback from your lecturer in classroom discussions, debates and tutorial sessions. Formative assessment through your lecturer will be written and verbal. You will also receive feedback through your engagement with your peers who will enable you to test your explanations about the changing nature of the female experience throughout Europe, allowing you to form your own understanding of the diversity of women’s lives across Europe from 1400 to 1800.





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Course info

UCAS Code V100

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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