Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

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

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

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

4. Demonstrate 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.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class examination

Report: Tutorial report

Essay: Essay

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

2 contact hours per week: 1 hour lectures, which may include a video for full term. 1 hour tutorial or seminars for 12 weeks. Tutorials will commence in week 2.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term