Undergraduate Units of Study

MDST2613 - Sex and Sin in the Middle Ages

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Juanita Ruys


Medieval writers produced texts concerned with the definition, experience, regulation, and even celebration of sex, the body, and gender. This unit introduces students to the ways that concepts of sexual intercourse, sexual identity, gender, and the body were depicted and regulated in medieval texts from the tenth to fifteenth centuries. Students will read in English translation AngloSaxon, Old French, Germanic, and Medieval Latin texts that illustrate the complexity of views of sex in the medieval world.


1x2500wd essay (50%), 1x10min (1000 word equivalent) tutorial presentation (15%), 1x1000wd tutorial paper (25%), class participation (10%)


Recommended reading: Ruth Mazo Karras, Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing unto Others (New York and London: Routledge, 2005)


2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr seminar/week


At least 18 Junior credit points from Part A of the Table of units of study, of which 12 credit points are from one subject

Additional Information

this unit of study may be counted towards majors in History, Religious Studies, English, and European Studies


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