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Heroines' histories will be used to represent different moments of womanhood and femininity, women's place in domesticity, war, religion, education, politics and governance. Themes include spirituality, health and well-being, warrior and regal identities, cross-dressing, martyrdom and untimely death, imperialism, science and technology and glamour. Heroines to be studied include Boadicea, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, Florence Nightingale, Kate Sheppard, Marie Curie, Te Puea, Jean Batten, Rosa Luxemburg and Diana, Princess of Wales.
From the Virgin Mary to Lorde, this course critically recovers historical heroines, moving beyond traditional mythological celebration, to consider how their histories have been told, re-told and represented. Heroines’ histories will be used to represent different moments of womanhood and femininity, exploring women’s places in domesticity, war, religion, education, politics and governance. The course is split into chronological themes, ranging from spiritual, warrior, regal heroines, to heroines of empire, technology, politics and glamour. Key themes include martyrdom, death, fertility, courage, adventure, heredity status, and cross-dressing. The difference between icons and role models, a critique of traditional history, and an emphasis on where New Zealand heroines fit and differ globally are also important frameworks. Heroines to be studied include Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Florence Nightingale, Kate Sheppard, Ida B. Wells, Te Puea, Jean Batten, Indira Gandhi, and Diana, Princess of Wales.
You will: Demonstrate knowledge of the history of heroines; Become familiar with some of the trends in women’s history and different moments of womanhood and femininity, and; Develop a broad background knowledge that will assist you in your study of history at higher levels. Skills include: Managing your work and time; Research: locating information and using the Library, electronic and other resources; interpreting primary sources; Comprehension: essay writing; Analysis: identifying parts of an argument and how they fit together; assessing the adequacy of evidence and the logic of the argument; Evaluation of historical arguments: understanding different interpretations of women in history; recognising different modes of historical writing (historiography); Basic scholarly conventions: referencing, compiling bibliographies, use of quotations, avoiding plagiarism, and; Oral presentations: developing confidence in small group discussion. Upon completing this course you will be able to demonstrate: A range of knowledge about the growth and development of women’s history, gender history and feminist theory; A broad understanding of the androcentric bias in traditional historical accounts of women, womanhood and femininity, and; A critical understanding of heroines in history.
Either 15 points in HIST at B grade or better or 30 points in HIST or Ancient History (CLAS111, CLAS112) with a passing grade. Alternatively, a B average in 60 points.
HIST361, GEND215, CULT336
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $761.00
International fee $3,188.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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Humanities and Creative Arts.