The present course provides interested students with an introduction to gender history as a distinct research methodology and its potential benefits to any historian interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the past and contemporary history. The course offers an introduction to the historical study of femininities and masculinities from the Middle Ages to the more recent past and contemporary history. This will be achieved through overviews of a selection of relevant topics of discussion, such as the way in which gender was and can still be used as an ideological tool to produce and structure human knowledge, bodies, spaces, time, and material culture. The course will focus primarily on European history and on the neighbouring regions and will include non-European as well as post-colonial perspective.