Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the rich scholarly literature of histories of women across a range of nations, periods and geographical regions. It provides a chronological and thematic survey of the field, informed by sources written in women's own words, as well as classic and more recent studies of women's history. It covers periods from ancient to postmodern times, to explore both women’s lived experiences and constructions of women that continue to shape our views of them. Topics will include aspects of women's lives from childhood to old age.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of themes and topics in women's history across a range of geographical locations and time periods.

2. Apply methodologies appropriate to the study of women's history and gender studies.

3. Compare the range of influences which impact on women in diverse social, historical and cultural contexts.

4. Employ advanced research, analysis, writing and information literacy skills relevant to history.


This course examines women's experiences over time and place in such realms as family, work, religion, politics, war and culture. It may specifically examine women in the ancient, pre-modern and modern worlds, including women as wives, workers, witches, intellectuals and activists; children, sexuality, fertility, marriage practices, and the family. The course explores feminist methodologies and gender analysis as a tool for historians. It studies women's histories in relation to men's histories, and introduces students to the history of masculinity. Topics will draw upon global sources, to explore how culture and class shaped women's lives, and how they continue to inform our understandings of women today.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class examination (30%)

Report: Executive Summary (30%)

Essay: Essay (40%)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.