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DR302N: RELIGIOUS WOMEN IN THE WEST 11TH/16TH CENTURY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 15 Sep 2017 15:13


Course Overview

The course will give students an insight into the lives of medieval religious women in the context of their communities. We will examine the spiritual issues and practical challenges that confronted religious women in the Middle Ages. Community life and literary production differed widely according to the rules the women followed, the resources they had command of, and their daily experiences. Additionally, the seminar will look into the piety of secular women whose religious aspirations were restricted by household chores and their duties as wives and mothers.   Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will give students an insight into the lives of medieval religious women in the context of their communities. The course will familiarise students with historical sources and methodologies and will provide students with a deeper understanding of religious, spiritual, and theological developments during the Middle Ages. By the end of the course students will be able to - achieve a better understanding of the general situation of medieval women and the pursuits of religious women in particular - demonstrate a deeper understanding of religious concerns exemplified by literature written by women - identify, use, and evaluate different kinds of primary sources - understand and apply different historical methodologies - engage in comparative analysis and interpretation - produce an original piece of written work - proceed to independent historical research on topics covered by the course. The course will examine the spiritual issues and practical challenges that confronted religious women in the Middle Ages. Community life and literary production differed widely according to the rules the women followed, the resources they had command of, and their daily experiences. Additionally, the seminar will look into the piety of secular women whose religious aspirations were restricted by household chores and their duties as wives and mothers. The sources we will use are chosen from the women's own writings, from biographies and from theoretical texts which contemplate the 'nature of women'.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MA French-History (Mode B)

Contact Teaching Time

60 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt

  • 1500-word expository essay (30%)
  • 2500-word research essay (60%)
  • Seminar participation (10%)

 

Resit 

  • 4000-word research essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Feedback will be given by course instructors in the form of personal conversation with students in seminar, detailed written comments on all submitted written work.

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