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ME3426 Women and Gender in the Later Middle Ages

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:See

This module focuses on women's lives in Europe from about 1150 to about 1550. When we think about women in this period, we often assume that they had few avenues for self-expression, public recognition, or even personal happiness. In this course we will look at the social, cultural, and legal boundaries that confronted women, but our major focus will be on the lives that women were able to build despite - or even because - of these barriers. We will look at women across the social spectrum - from prostitutes to queens - and from all parts of Western Europe. We will focus less on images of women than on their actual lives. Our emphasis will be on ordinary women, but in each part of the course, we will also look at an individual or group of women to discuss how the section's themes played out on the micro level.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology, Mediaeval Studies and BA (Intl Hons) History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):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.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 30%
  • Practical examinations: 15%
  • Coursework: 55%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 30%, Coursework = 70%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J M Firnhaber-Baker
Module teaching staff:Dr J M Firnhaber-Baker