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Unit information: Sex, Marriage, and Deviance in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras in 2022/23

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Unit name Sex, Marriage, and Deviance in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras
Unit code THRSM0109
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Balserak
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

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School/department Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

This unit explores aspects of Western understandings of human relationships: marriage, family, sex, divorce, celibacy, and social notions of ‘deviance’ and the ramifications of all of these ideas. It examines sex as conceived of by the church, the law, and civil society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. In considering views and practices which deviated from what was deemed appropriate, this unit will explore issues related to cross-dressing, gender, homosexuality and the like, and will examine how such conduct was dealt with by both church and state.

Aims:

(1)To provide a detailed introduction the sexual lives of Early Modern Europeans.

(2)To develop an in-depth understanding of the religious, cultural and institutional contexts informing this

(3)To develop the skills necessary for identifying and evaluating pertinent evidence/data in order to illustrate/demonstrate a cogent arguments

(4)To develop written presentation skills through the course assessment.

Your learning on this unit

By the end of the unit students will have:

On successful completion of this unit students will have (1) developed a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the sexual lives of Early Modern Europeans; (2) in-depth understanding of the religious, cultural and institutional contexts informing this; 3) demonstrated the ability to analyse and evaluate competing perceptions of this topic; (4) demonstrated the ability to identify and evaluate pertinent evidence/data in order to illustrate/demonstrate cogent argument; (5) displayed high level skills in evaluating, analysing, synthesising and (where apt) critiquing ideas.

Additionally (specific to level M), students will be expected to

(6) display high level skills in evaluating, analysing, synthesising and (where apt) critiquing images and ideas.

(7) apply existing analytical strategies to new evidence with flexibility and creativity

(8) demonstrate the capacity for independent research

How you will learn

Classes will involve a combination of long- and short-form lectures, class discussion, investigative activities, and practical activities. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis. This will be further supported with drop-in sessions and self-directed exercises with tutor and peer feedback.

How you will be assessed

One summative essay of 5000 words (100%). Measures ILOs 1-8

Resources

If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. THRSM0109).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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