How to be a Feminist

Ref: C2342268

This short engaging course will be an opportunity to ask questions about feminism and discover how to disentangle often conflicting ideas that can be confusing in the complexities of everyday life! We will discuss current ideas and how they fit with older ideas about what is meant by ‘being a feminist’, and together explore how we can feel more confident to engage with issues and difficulties facing women today. The outcome will be to develop and set out practical ways to make our social interactions (at family, community or political levels) match our feminist ambitions for a fairer and liberated society.

Course aim

This short course aims to explore practical ways to bring feminist ideas and understandings into everyday activities for self confidence and developing liberating social interactions.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

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

  • Outline the historical contexts for recent ideas about feminism
  • Identify the main social /cultural implications of feminist ideas and their impact on women’s lives
  • Explore your own individual attitudes and approaches fit with the range of ideas currently
  • Use at least one method to deal with often conflicting and contentious ideas about feminism
  • Identify at least one practical way to include feminism into your everyday life activities

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • The main approach will be to co-produce the specific topics in a workshop approach and ideas brought to the class developed by the group - and this could include students bringing in materials (from books, poems, magazines etc) for the second workshop.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

How to be a Feminist

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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