HS2P12-Period in Medieval History: Women of the Medieval World

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Anne Lawrence

Email: a.e.mathers-lawrence@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
Periods involve the study of substantial chronological periods. They aim to acquaint students with the causes and consequences of continuity and change over the long term in the political, social, economic and cultural systems under study. Periods are distinguished as Medieval, Early Modern or Modern. This particular period in Medieval history focuses on the role of women in the medieval world in both England and Europe c. 1100-1400.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
identify and explain the main issues and events studied
appraise critically the primary sources and historical interpretations of the subject
think comparatively about aspects of British, European or American history over a substantial period
assess the nature of social, economic, political and cultural change
organise material and articulate arguments effectively in different kinds of written exercises and orally
locate and assemble bibliographic and other information by independent research, using IT as appropriate

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student's effectiveness in group situations and team-working. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources and databases, where appropriate.

Outline content:
Europe experienced two great periods of economic and cultural change sufficient to merit the term 'Renaissance'. The first centres on the twelfth century, while the second began in the late fourteenth century and saw the end of the medieval period. The achievements of both periods are widely accepted, but it is less clear how far the position and perception of women was changed. In medieval society women were predominantly excluded from government, economic independence and formal education; this module will look at evidence from law, literature, religion and science, as well as surviving works of art, in order to analyse the paradoxical situation of women. The works of both men and women will be examined and the course will question how much changed for women by the end of the medieval period.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminars, requiring preparatory reading and investigation, may include informal and interactive presentations by the module teacher; structured group discussion; short seminar papers by students; occasional tutorials; team-based simulation exercises and debates; examination of primary and secondary sources, as appropriate. Staff will be available for consultation as necessary


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study 169
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 67
Written assignment including essay 33

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will write ONE essay of 2500 words, to be handed in by the Monday of week 8 of term, by 12 noon latest. All coursework should be submitted electronically via BlackBoard and in hard copy to the History office.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One two-hour paper requiring two answers to be taken at the time fo the Part 2 examinations.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Where a re-sit is permitted, students will be assessed on the failed element(s) only in August. Any element(s) already passed will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Any element which is re-sat in August is capped at 40%. Failed coursework must be re-submitted by 12 noon, on the last Friday of August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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