History of the Women's Movement (1968 - 1988): An Introduction

Ref: C3528107

Come and learn more about the fascinating social and political history of the UK Women's Liberation Movement and the Black and Asian Women's Movements (1968-1988), some of the most significant social movements of the 20th century.

Additional information about this course

No class on 15/02

Course aim

To provide a broad introduction to the history of the UK Women's Liberation Movement and Black and Asian Women's Movements (1968-1988).

Who is the course for?

This is a beginners course and no previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

What topics will this course cover

This seven week course will offer a broad introduction to the history of the Women's Liberation Movement in the UK and the Black and Asian Women's Movements (1968-1988). We will use archive material created by women involved in the movement and other resources such as oral histories and digital archives. These materials will include magazines/ newspapers, pamphlets, letters, photographs, music, spoken word, video, art and newsletters. Our aim is to try to understand what activists at the time thought and felt about Women's Liberation and why they believed a feminist revolution was necessary. The course will cover the following themes: The political culture of the late 1960s; Consciousness raising; How the movement was organised and the seven demands of Women's Liberation; Women's Liberation in Bristol; Music, culture, publishing and the arts; Black and Asian Women’s Movements; The politics of domestic work.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Understand the main issues/ themes of the Women's Liberation Movement and the Black and Asian Women's Movements 2. Gain familiarity with critical perspectives first created within the Women's movements (e.g., sexism, racism, class, dis-ability) 3. Use archival or 'primary' sources to understand historical events 4. Use digital archives to conduct independent research 5. Think critically about gender, race and class in specific historical contexts and relate these ideas to society today

How will I know I'm making progress?

There is no formal assessment for this course, but each session will conclude with an overview of the week's topic to ensure that everyone understands the key issues, as well as the opportunites for 1:1 discussions with the tutor, group discussions and feedback.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Course materials (photocopies of sources) will be provided by the tutor to discuss in class and/ or prepare for the following week's session.

Reading and information sources

As an introductory course no initial reading or preparation is necessary. Learners will be provided with materials to read or issues to research prior to some of the learning sessions. A suggested further reading list will be supplied during the course for people interested to learn more, but won't be compulsory.

What could the course lead to?

Learners may be inspired to conduct further research into the history of the Women's Liberation Movement and Black and Asian Women's Movements. Here is a list of archives and web sites that may prove useful. Feminist Archive South, based at Special Collections in the University of Bristol http://feministarchivesouth.org.uk/ Spare Rib digital archive - https://www.bl.uk/spare-rib Sisterhood and After (Oral Histories) - https://www.bl.uk/sisterhood Chronology of the Women's Liberation Movement - http://feministarchivenorth.org.uk/intro/ Black Women's Movement, subject guide Black Cultural Archives - http://bcaheritage.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016_Womens-Movement-updated.pdf

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History of the Women's Movement (1968 - 1988): An Introduction Course Outline

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Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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