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Gender & Sexuality - MST00006M

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  • Department: Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

Gender and sexuality represent one of the liveliest areas of current research and contentious debate in medieval studies. Gender and sexual identities are neither given nor fixed, but rather learned and insistently fluid. It is the aim of this module to tease out their complexity and challenge assumptions. Seminar topics are likely to include gender and work, the body, masculinities, sex and commerce, virginities, marginal sexualities, prostitution, gender socialisation and the urban household, obscenity.

Module learning outcomes

After successfully completing this module, students should

  • have developed a knowledge and understanding of the concepts of gender and sexuality both as used by modern scholars and as understand in medieval culture and society
  • have developed skills in the handling and interpretation of relevant primary and secondary sources
  • have developed an understanding of interdisciplinary methodologies


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on draft essay; written report on final assessment within 6 weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

  • D. Hadley, ed., Masculinity in Medieval Europe (1999)
  • K. Lochrie, et al., eds., Constructing Medieval Sexuality (1997)
  • S.A. Farmer and C.B. Pasternack, eds., Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages (2003)

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.