MEMS 316 - Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: 500-1500
Section: 001
Term: FA 2014
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Women's Studies or History.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Just how bad were the Middle Ages for women anyway? This course explores the history of women and gender relations in medieval European society and culture from roughly 500 to 1500. This period includes the rise of Germanic successor states to the Roman Empire, the rise of serfdom, the Crusades, economic expansion and the revival of urban life, and the development of the medieval Church. Through lectures, discussions, and primary and secondary readings, we will look at how the gender systems of medieval Europe developed and shaped women’s lives; look at what possibilities were open to medieval women and how they responded to them; consider the importance of gender to the ways in which medieval women thought and wrote about their lives and about the issues of the day; investigate how gender intersected with status, religious identity, age, sexuality, or marital status; and assess how the events of the period shape women’s lives, and how women contributed to these events.

Course Requirements:

No data submitted

Intended Audience:

No data submitted

Class Format:

3 hours weekly in lecture format

MEMS 316 - Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: 500-1500
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780812222982
Unmarriages : women, men, and sexual unions in the middle ages., Publisher: University Of Pennsylvani 2014
ISBN: 9780140442977
The letters of Abelard and Heloise;, Publisher: Penguin 1974
ISBN: 9780140449501
The treasure of the city of ladies, Author: Christine, de Pisan, approximately 1364-approximately 1431., Publisher: Penguin 2003
ISBN: 9781551115603
The distaff gospels : a first modern English edition of Les e?vangiles des quenouilles, Publisher: Broadview Editions 2006
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for MEMS 316 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Digital Innovation Greenhouse, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)