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Aims and Objectives

This module is a 30 CATS undergraduate second-year option module. Options are designed to complement the second-year core module by providing the opportunity for study in greater depth of particular regions, periods or themes.


This module complements the Department’s offerings in both British History and in the study of women and gender. Its chronological focus ranges from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.


This module considers the theory and practice of women’s participation in British economic, social and political life. Key themes will include education, employment, citizenship and social reform. The module aims to provide an introduction to debates about gender and history and employs a variety of sources (including novels, autobiography, political pamphlets and social investigations) to explore women’s and men’s engagement in public life.

Teaching & Learning

The module will be taught through weekly lectures and seminars, and individual tutorials to discuss feedback on essays.