54:374 European Women's History I: 500 BCE to 1500 CE [Winter]

Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in History or Gender & Women's Studies or permission of Instructor.

Cannot be held with: 54/36:371.

This course examines the roles and contributions of European women from ca. 500 BCE to 1500 CE. While we will begin by exploring the biological theories and gender assumptions of Greco-Roman scholars and early Christian thinkers, we will focus on the experiences of women in the medieval era between ca. 900 and 1500. We will explore the lives of women from various socio-economic groups, including: peasants, townswomen, nobles and female religious. We also discuss women on the margins of European society, including: ethnic and religious minorities, the elderly, heretics and prostitutes.

Cross-registered with (Gender and Women's Studies) 36:374.

3 lecture hours per week, one term

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 54:374 in the BU Course Transfer Database.

Instructor: David Winter