Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Skills and Sources for the Study of Women’s History
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 21 hours contact time 59 hours reading and seminar preparation 120 hours essay and project preparation and writing


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Oral assessment  20%
Semester Assessment 1 x short essay (1,500 words)  20%
Semester Assessment 1 x project (5,000 words)  60%
Supplementary Assessment oral assessment  20%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x short essay (1,500 words)  20%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x project (5,000 words)  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the specific issues facing historians who study women

Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of theories of gender/feminism/postmodernism/ poststructuralism and the implications of these for the study of women’s history

Be able to independently identify and analyse a range of sources from a gendered perspective, using appropriate methodologies

Construct and present historical arguments orally and in writing

Brochure Text

Women’s history is an exciting and dynamic area of study, not limited by historical time and place. The study of women as subject poses challenges to the historian. In this module, students will use a variety of interesting primary sources – written, visual, oral – and explore their usefulness to historians. Students will be equipped with the skills to recover women’s experiences and views from sources which have silenced women’s voices and will be encouraged to find and analyse sources which are relevant to their own interests. The focus on methodology will be supported by some consideration of theory with relevance to the study of women and gender history more broadly, namely oral history theory, feminist scholarship, gender theory and intersectionality.


1. Introduction: A History of Women’s and Gender History
2. ‘The Charm of Domestik Affection’: Domestic Labour, Marriage and the Home.
3. Women workers and working women: Women, work and class.
4. Women and Education: Students and Teachers
5. War and Violence
6. Feminism and Women’s Activism
7. Women’s Health and the Body
8. Sex and Sexualities
9. The Self: Oral history and Women’s Writing
10. The future of Women’s History


To introduce students to sources for women’s history
To develop research skills and historical methodologies
To encourage critical thinking of primary and secondary source material
To encourage students to research women’s history and develop an awareness of gender in their own work

Brief description

This module will use a variety of sources and historical methods to explore women’s history in modern Britain (1800-present) providing an opportunity for students to explore women’s history and gender in their own period or area of interest. Students will be introduced to new types of sources and skills, including oral history, and encouraged to apply these skills to their own research. As well as introducing students to sources which are useful for studying women, the skills aspect of the module will centre on encouraging students to be attuned to the possibilities of using sources for women’s history. Students will be encouraged to find and use their own sources; innovation and novelty, backed by suitable methodology and theory, will be welcomed. Seminars will be organized thematically, with a range of sources discussed in the approach to each theme as appropriate.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Use of statistical sources will require and develop students basic numerical skills.
Communication Oral communication developed through seminar discussions and short presentations. Not assessed. Written communication and literacy assessed and developed through primary source exercise and extended essay.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback and guidance for future work will be provided on returned assessments as well as seminar performance. Students expected to seek guidance from course leader on specific learning issues they encounter.
Information Technology Students will locate suitable primary and secondary sources using library, archive and online sources. Written work will be word-processed. Use of PowerPoint/image software/online sources to view visual primary sources
Personal Development and Career planning Module will develop students oral and written communication skills, IT, and numeracy. Research for seminars and assessments will require self-motivation and independent learning. Analysis, argument and presentation skills will be developed.
Problem solving Students will locate and evaluate suitable primary sources. Assessed through primary source exercise and extended essay
Research skills Students will undertake research using primary sources, and conduct their own reading into historical context and debate. Assessed through primary source exercise and extended essay.
Subject Specific Skills Students aided to find, use and evaluate sources for women’s history, including using new methods to approach these sources. Will have application to other history modules.
Team work Students will undertake group work and collaborate in seminars. The oral assessment will include working with a partner to lead a seminar.


This module is at CQFW Level 6