Gender Studies Course

What you’ll learn

1. Welcome

  • Different types of feminism
  • The Suffragettes
  • First, second, third wave feminists
  • Your outlook on feminism
  • Famous feminists: Mary Woolstencraft
  • Tutor marked assignment

2. Women and the Changing Nature of the Family

  • The choices women make: career woman or child carer?
  • Are women poorer than men?
  • How ambitious are you?
  • Your role at work
  • Prostitution
  • Famous feminists: Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Tutor marked assignment

3. The Media, Popular Culture and Pornography

  • How are men and women portrayed in the media?
  • Has the image of women been created by the media?
  • Women on film
  • Famous feminists: Germaine Greer

4. Misogyny and Violence against women

  • Misogyny and violence against women
  • Misogyny: what causes it?
  • Domestic abuse: intimate partner violence
  • Rape
  • Famous feminists: Naomi Wolf
  • Self-assessed assignment

5. Women in politics

  • Why are women under-represented in politics?
  • Is politics a man’s world?
  • Famous feminists: Simone De Beauvoir
  • Self-assessed assignment

6. Globalisation and women

  • Women in the ‘Third World’
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Forced marriage
  • Mail-order brides
  • The debates on trafficking and prostitution/sex work and migration
  • Famous Feminists: Marie Stopes
  • Self-assessed assignment

7. Appearance and the female body

  • How fashion creates an identity for women
  • What does it mean to be a woman?
  • Gender versus sex
  • Female stereotypes
  • Famous Feminist: Gloria Steinem
  • Tutor marked assignment

8. Medicine and health

  • Female genital mutilation
  • Abortion
  • Contraceptives and emergency contraception
  • Famous feminists: Caitlin Moran
  • Tutor marked assignment

9. Women and Religion

  • Women in creation myths
  • Women’s place – St Paul
  • Women’s place – Sacred spaces
  • Hijab and modesty
  • Hijab – Who is being protected?
  • Gender: Is God male?
  • Goddesses
  • Do religions fear women?
  • Famous feminist: Susan Jeffers
  • Self-assessed assignment

10. 21st Century feminism

  • SlutWalks
  • Raunch
  • Rise of the girl
  • Men in the 21st century
  • Famous Feminists: Jessica Valenti
  • Self-assessed assignment