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History 3640

Medieval Women -- Power, Piety & Production


Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: history

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
Women's Lives in Medieval Europe Emilie Amt Routledge

Example Syllabus:

Course Objectives: History courses develop students’ knowledge of how past events influence today’s society and help them understand how human beings view themselves. (1) Students acquire a perspective on history and an understanding of the factors that shape human activity. (2) Students display knowledge about the origins and nature of contemporary issues and develop a foundation for future comparative understanding. (3) Students think, speak, and write critically about primary and secondary historical sources by examining diverse interpretations of past events and ideas in their historical contexts.

Course Content: Political power and activity in the public realm are traditionally associated with men, and women who have acted outside the domestic or private sphere have been portrayed as anomalies. Is this an accurate assessment of women and power in the medieval period? Were medieval women's contributions to the economy restricted to their activities within the household? Or did they work outside the home? Is this distinction meaningful in the medieval economy? Were religious ideals and experience influenced by one's gender? If so, how and why? In all these areas, what impact did one's social status have? These are some of the questions we will explore for the period between c. 600 and c. 1500 AD in western Europe.

Method of Presentation: A majority of class time will be spent on discussion of the readings (primary sources and articles written by scholars), but I will provide a framework for these discussions with mini-lectures.

Method of Evaluation: class participation -- 40% 3 5-7 page papers -- 15% each (45% total) final exam -- 15%


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