Invitation to History: Women and Gender in Early Modern England (HIST*1050) | College of Arts

Invitation to History: Women and Gender in Early Modern England (HIST*1050)

Code and section: HIST*1050*02

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Kimberley Martin


AD-S Virtual:

This course will be taught online in a Synchronous format on the following scheduled day(s) and time(s):

WF    10:00 am - 11:20 am

Details provided by instructor: On Wednesdays and Fridays for 60 minutes of lecture and discussions (on Zoom or Teams, tbd); In addition, students will be expected to participate in an asynchronous digital discussion using Slack.

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the basics of the historian’s craft, including locating, analyzing, and interpreting both primary and secondary sources. It will provide you with the skills that you need to be successful in your History major, minor, or area of concentration.


Focusing on the years 1550-1680, this course will investigate the various roles of women in early modern society. Primary sources will include court records, poetry, pageant texts, letters, and guildhall records. In addition to general historical research skills students will learn to critically assess the ways that women’s experiences help us understand this period of history and to consider gender as a lens for examining the past.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. manage your time in university for success.
  2. distinguish between important information and unnecessary details.
  3. distinguish between a scholarly and a non-scholarly source.
  4. develop effective written and oral communications skills and enhance listening comprehension.
  5. analyze and interpret a variety of primary and secondary sources and construct a historical argument.
  6. understand how to act with academic integrity.
  7. cite sources appropriately in history classes.
  8. understand that historical interpretations change over time and in response to evidence.
  9. understand that history is a diverse enterprise which helps us to understand different cultures, regions and states.


This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs and specializations during certain periods. Please see the departmental website for more information.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

  1. Class Participation - 20%
  2. Research Skills Assignment - 20%
  3. Short Writing Assignment - 15%
  4. Final Project Proposal - 15%
  5. Final Research Project - 30%

Texts Required:

  1. Miranda Kaufman. Black Tudors: The Untold Story. OneWorld Publications. 2017.
  2. All readings will be provided online through Ares, the University of Guelph’s online Course Reserve system, or will be available through openly available web links provided on the syllabus.

*Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.



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