Saints and Sinners: Women in Late Antiquity (AH9150A)

saints and sinners

Semester: 2, 2022 (25 Jul – 28 Oct)

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Campus: N/A

Mode: Online

Level: Postgraduate Elective

Credit: 24

Census: 16 Aug 2022

13 weekly sessions offered in asynchronous and synchronous modes combining live and pre-recorded lectures, group discussions, readings and online forums

This unit will enable students to address at an advanced level historical issues involved in women’s roles, position and status in Late Antiquity (the period of transition from the ancient to the medieval world, 3rd to 8th century CE), and attitudes towards them. The focus of the unit will be women in Egypt and Byzantium. By reading selected primary sources, this unit will engage with some of the most powerful and influential women in antiquity and analyse the roles these women played in religious and theological debates, the home, and social and economic life.

Learning outcomes
  • Articulate an advanced understanding of women's history in late antiquity
  • Analyse at an advanced level the change in attitude towards women in the transition from Ancient to early Medieval times
  • Compare and contrast the various theologies that were prominent in Late Antiquity and the role played by selected women in these debates
  • Critically interpret historical events contained in the primary sources
  • Evaluate at an advanced level the role of women in late antiquity
  • Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner
Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written assessment Essay 3,750 50
Written assessment Essay 3,750 50

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