Sex and the Services (HIH3282)

StaffDr Laura Rowe - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesNormally 15 credits of History at level 1 or 2
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

To look at the way gender roles in military organisations change, the way in which gender identities are constructed, and the way those images and identities have been used since the late Seventeenth Century.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Understand the main issues surrounding the construction of gender roles and identities in this period
  • 2. Show a detailed knowledge of the areas chosen for written and presentation work
  • 3. Use a wide range of sources to discuss various aspects of the questions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Analyse the key developments in a complex and unfamiliar political and social environment
  • 5. Understand and deploy correct terminology in a comprehensible manner
  • 6. Handle different approaches to history in a contested area

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Carry out independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion
  • 8. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment
  • 9. Present arguments orally, and to work in a group

Syllabus plan

Topics to be covered will include:
1. Constructing masculinity in the military
2. The changing characteristics of heroism
3. Women as followers
4. Women as combatants
5. Sexual inversion
6. Sexual violence
7. Medicine (in particular venereal diseases)
8. Advertising & image
9. War & peace
10. Gendering memory
11. Sex in its place

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities11Lectures (11xhr)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Seminars (11x2hr)
Guided independent study267Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Better of two essay marks252 x 2000 words1-9Verbal and written
Group presentation2530-40 minutes1-9Verbal and written
Unseen Examination502 questions in 2 hours1-9Written

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

John Costello, Love, Sex and War (Guild Publishing, 1985)
Joanna Bourke, Dismembering the Male (Reaktion, 1996)
Ana Carden-Coyne, Reconstructing the Body (OUP, 2009)
Havelock Ellis & John Addington Symonds, Sexual Inversion (Macmillan, 2007)
Santanu Das, Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature (CUP, 2006)
Helen Doe, Enterprising Women (Boydell, 2009)
Heather Elis & Jessica Meyer, Masculinity and the Other (Cambridge Scholars, 2009)
Lucy Noakes, Women in the British Army (Routledge, 2006)

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