Images of Women

Ref: C3669523

The course will explore the image of women in art, literature and history. Written and visual sources will be examined to see how these images were understood by contemporary audiences and how we interpret these images today.

Course aim

An exploration of the image of women in art, literature and history. A wide range of sources will be examined in a broad social, political & cultural context.

Who is the course for?

None required

What topics will this course cover

The course will explore how the roles and images of women were seen and understood by contemporary audiences and how we interpret these images today. Themes will be explored using a combination of visual and written sources. Ideas will be discussed in a wider social, political and cultural context. The course will include a presentation that will introduce specific themes and concepts. This will then be followed by group work based on document packs for students to explore themes in more depth. Session 1: Finding a Voice – exploration of sources from the past and the present Session 2: The Female child – nurture and nature, familial roles and perceptions Session 3: Women as wives and as partners Session 4: Mothers, the tyranny of perfection Session 5: Widowhood and mortality perceptions of the older woman Session 6: Radical women – power and leaders of change Session 7: Women on the edge – social outcasts and scapegoats

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:

Feel comfortable and confident when discussing issues relating to women in a group context Be able to deconstruct visual and written sources to determine bias and gender stereotyping Have a broader understanding of the history of women in society

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through observations of group discussions, reviewing discussion sheets and making time available for one to one feedback

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

Pens and paper

Reading and information sources

None required

What could the course lead to?

Working with women's groups or looking at other WEA courses in social and gender history

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Images of Women Course Outline

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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