HST211 Gender, Sexuality and Identity in Europe from 1890 (8)

This subject provides an historical review of changes in gender roles, sexual behaviours and forms of identity over the past century. The subject will concentrate on Europe. Topics covered include women and citizenship rights, homosexuality in British culture, changing patterns in marriage and divorce, and gender roles in both fascism and communism.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply theories of gender, in both professional and scholarly work
  • be able to analyse information from disparate sources, such as press articles, films and political propaganda, and place them in an historical context
  • be able to exercise an awareness of the history of sexuality and gender in Europe, being familiar with historical episodes, influential individuals and schools of thought


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The suffragettes and challenges to gender stereotypes. - Sex crimes in European culture - the trial of Oscar Wilde, homosexuality in pre-war Britain, the regulation of prostitution. - Divorce laws and family structures from the 1900s to the 1980s. - Gender roles in political ideologies; ideals of masculinity and femininity in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. - Rebels and community values, the bohemian lifestyle among the intelligentsia of inter-war Europe. - Conservatives and community values, sexuality, morality and power in Thatcher's Britain. - Sexuality and the media. Representations of gender differences and eroticism.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HST211 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Weekly 'discussion board' participation
Major essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.