Gender, Politics and Society c.1500-1800 (HIC2325)

15 credits

This module provides students with an opportunity to investigate the meanings and construction of gender in historical context: not just biological difference but also the social meanings attached to that difference. As well as investigating the lives and experiences of women, the module engages with the most recent research on sexuality, masculinity and gender as a key component in early modern power relations. It is concerned with contrasting the myths about gender relations in this period with a close understanding of the documented experiences of the lives of men and women. This module is concerned throughout with the ways historical lines of enquiry have developed over time and how old assumptions are modified in light of new theoretical and methodological developments.