The Role of Women Through History

Ref: C3744504

Women, particularly working-class women, are often hidden from history, and yet our past is at least as fascinating as men’s. From the first humans to modern day, this 6-week course travels through time to discover the extraordinary story of women, as well as stories of extraordinary women. We will start by exploring inequalities between women and men today before we delve into the past to discover their origins. For, as Sheila Rowbotham asserts, "if a woman’s role can be shown to be socially constructed within a specific historical context, rather than natural and universal, it can be challenged and open to change."

Course aim

This course gives an overview of women’s lives, struggles and achievements through the ages, with a particular focus on women who are hidden from history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Define feminism and identify some of the national and global inequalities between men and women today.
  • Describe what life was like for women during early civilisations, the middle ages, and the modern period and the prevailing views about women during these times.
  • Identify some of the key issues for women during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and how women, and their supporters, sought to bring about change.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

The Role of Women Through History

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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