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DR302N: RELIGIOUS WOMEN IN THE WEST (11TH TO 16TH CENTURIES) (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


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.  

Course Details

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

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'.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 7 - 17
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 7 - 17

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Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
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(Research Essay)

Word Count 2500
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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(Expository Essay)

Word Count 1500
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Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Feedback Word Count 4000
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