Feminism and Women's Political Activism in Britain (L2156)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module explores how women have challenged ideologies, systems and institutions which have excluded or subordinated them in post-war Britain. You will examine the history of feminism as an idea and a movement. You will also be encouraged to consider the grass-roots activism of women who may not have identified themselves as feminists - and to think about why this was the case. Seminars will cover women’s political participation in struggles for reforms over various issues relating to employment, the family, and sexuality. In doing so, you will develop a better understanding of the relationship between feminism, women’s activism and changing gender roles in modern Britain.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: