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.

We will cover women’s political participation in struggles for reforms over various issues relating to employment, the family and sexuality. You will develop a better understanding of the relationship between feminism, women’s activism and changing gender roles in modern Britain.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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