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ME3232   Queens and Queenship in Early Medieval Europe

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

This module explores the political role played by queens in the early Middle Ages. Studying the constantly shifting representation of female authority (often depicted as unnatural and dangerous) allows us to examine various key moments in early medieval political history and helps illuminate contemporary power structures. This enterprise also demands that we confront broader cultural phenomena - for example changing attitudes to marriage, sex and masculinity - and that we engage with modern historiographical debates about gender and history. The module is structured around a series of texts written about and for queens, each of which is selected to illuminate broader issues as well as for intrinsic interest.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 13%
Coursework: 27%

Re-assessment: 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: D R Cimino