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ATS2579

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Carolyn James

Notes

Previously coded HSY2085

Synopsis

This unit will consider the cultural history of Western Europe from late antiquity through to the beginnings of modernity. We will focus particularly on the persecution of witches, accused sometimes of fornication with the devil or of infanticide and cannibalism, but will look also at other individuals and groups that have been considered sinful, unnatural, freakish or depraved. In so doing, we will explore the long story of the European outsider, and ask what these harsh designations and cruel treatments of people who were marginal or different might tell us about the history of European society as a whole.

Objectives

Students who have completed the subject will:

  1. be familiar with different approaches in the cultural history of the body and deviance;
  2. know how to critically assess these approaches;
  3. discuss their merit;
  4. formulate their own positions on key issues based on a critical engagement with the historiography and relevant primary sources;
  5. situate their own work within larger historiographical debates;
  6. In addition, at Level 3, students will develop an independent research project.

Assessment

Written work: 90%
Tutorial participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Carolyn James

Contact hours

One lecture and one tutorial per week for 13 weeks

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

History

Prerequisites

A first-year sequence in History or permission

Prohibitions

ATS3579