Women's History

Course code HIST3600
Not available in 2016


Aims to introduce students to the rich scholarly literature about the histories of women across a range of periods and geographical regions. It provides a roughly chronological and thematic survey of the field, enlisting sources written in women's own words, as well as classic and more recent studies of women's history. It may cover periods from medieval to modern times, to explore both the lived experiences and later constructions of women that continue to shape our views of them. Topics will include global sources and studies of women's lives from childhood to old age.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

1. have knowledge of themes and topics in women's history from a range of geographical and chronological spheres

2. be familiar with methodologies appropriate to the study of women's history and gender studies,

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

4. developed advanced research, writing and information literacy skills relevant to history, building on the foundation laid in first- and second-year courses.


This course examines women's experiences over time in such realms as family, work, religion, politics, war and culture. It may specifically examine women in the pre-modern and modern worlds, including scholarly women, witches and the witch hunts, and prostitutes; children, sexuality, fertility, marriage practices, and the family. The course explores feminist methodologies and gender analysis as a tool for historians. It explores women's histories in relation to men's histories, and introduces students to the history of masculinity. Topics will include global sources, to explore how culture and ethnicity shaped women's lives, and how they continue to inform our understanding of women today.

Please note that this course is offered in a flexible and blended format, concentrating the contact hours in the first half of the semester (1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week instead of the usual 1 hour each). The major research and essay writing activity is scheduled towards the end of semester, providing students with flexibility, consolidation of tasks to facilitate time management, and the opportunity to focus on research and writing tasks after the face-to-face contact work has been completed.

Main assessment schedule is as follows:
Weeks 3-6: submit 3 x brief tutorial reports (total 1,500 words)
Week 7: class test (1000 words)
Week 9: research essay (2000 words)

Assumed Knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Class examination

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Lecture 2 Hours per week, weeks 1-7 only


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Tutorial: 2 Hours per week, weeks 2-7 only