MO3360 The Weaker Sex? Women and Scottish Society, 1800-1970 (previously SC3003)
Lecturer Dr Malcolm Petrie
Credits 30
Availability Semester 2, 2016-17
Class Hour view timetable
Description The module deals with the struggles of women in Scottish society to achieve full political, social and civil rights in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The question of economic equality between men and women will also be addressed. These issues will be analysed by examining the lives of ten prominent women. Their life histories, most of which are remarkable, will be used to illuminate wider questions concerned with gender and to inform the historical discussion of the inequalities that have flowed from its operation.
Basic Reading E Gordon, `Separate Spheres', in People and Society in Scotland, Vol II, ed W H Fraser and R J Morris (1992)
A J McIvor, `Gender Apartheid', in Scotland in the Twentieth Century, T M Devine and R J Finlay (1999)

Course Structure

    1. Introduction: Women in Scottish Society
    2. Jane Carlyle: Women and Great Men
    3. Eliza Wigham and the Origins of the Women's Movement
    4. Sophia Jex-Blake: Love and Medicine
    5. Eslie Inglis: Doctors at War
    6. Duchess of Atholl: Women and Tory Politics
    7. Frances Balfour: Women and the Suffrage
    8. Mary Slessor: Women and Imperialism
    9. Willa Muir: Women and Literature
    10. Madeleine Smith: Sex and Murder
    11. Mary Brooksbank: Women and Work
Assessment 60% examination - 3-hour paper
40% coursework

Learning Outcomes

  • Increased skills in using primary sources
  • Broadening theoretical awareness of concepts such as gender and patriarchy
  • Familiarity with diverse forms of historical analysis and interpretation and their inter-relations
  • Increasing understanding of how individual life histories can illuminate wider historical concerns, and vice versa
Restrictions SC3003