American studies

Women in America

Module code: T7009
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Take away paper

In this module, you explore the changing experiences of women in America as recorded in history and represented in literature and film.

You also look at the relationship between gender, race, class, and ethnicity and how this is reflected in politics, economics and social developments in the United States.

You'll study historical and political debates about women's work, family life and citzenship and the different ways women have challenged gender oppression through social movements and creative arts activism.

In your lectures, you'll learn about women's history and gender relations in America from the pre-Colonial period to the present day. And in your seminars you'll study individual women's lives and artistic productions in relation to the weekly lecture topic.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically apply knowledge and understanding of the position of women in America
  • Evaluate key debates in the history of women in America, notably those on women's work, reproductive rights and first and second wave feminism
  • Provide critical commentary on these debates in an informed way, and articulate such commentary in a focus group (workshop) setting and in written work
  • Conduct independent research in preparation for problem-solving in written exercise