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Learn how focusing on gender and sexuality alters our understanding of modern, global history.

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About this course

This course provides you with the opportunity to learn about important historical perspectives on key contemporary issues concerning sexuality and gender, such as the #MeToo movement, campaigns for gay and trans rights, equal pay, and reproductive justice.

Follow the evolution of the #MeToo movement.

You’ll trace today’s social justice movements back to 1600, exploring the cultural and legal contexts of sexual abuse, gender-based violence, and bodily autonomy, whether you’re a curious citizen eager to learn more or have a vocational commitment to implementing new perspectives on gender and sexuality at work.

You will gain an understanding of the operation of, and resistance to, patriarchal and heteronormative power in various historical and geographical settings by studying case studies of modern social justice movements.

As you grapple with modern sexuality and queer experiences, you’ll look at reproductive rights issues like contraception, abortion, surrogacy, and fertility.

Investigate important gender equality issues such as LQBTQIA rights and the gender pay gap.

You’ll learn about patriarchal equilibrium, hegemonic masculinity, and intersectionality, as well as other key concepts in gender history and feminist, queer, and trans studies.

You’ll hone your skills in applying gendered and sexual approaches to a variety of historical materials, including oral testimony and material artifacts, as well as written texts, through creative forms of assessment.

Learn from experts in social history at the Centre for Gender History.

The course will be taught by an interdisciplinary team from the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Gender History.

With world-class expertise in this field, you’ll broaden your knowledge of gendered and sexual history by working with gender studies experts.

What topics will you discuss?

Week 1 focuses on Gender and Power. How a gendered and sexual approach to history changes our understanding of the past; patriarchal and heteronormative power and its historical operation and resistance; men, masculinities, and #MeToo; the sex and gender binary and beyond; new trans historical and philosophical approaches.

Week 2 focuses on sex and intimacy. How our bodies and desires were understood and regulated in the past; complicating narratives of nineteenth-century sexual’repression’ and 1960s sexual ‘liberation’; sex, race, and Empire; queer stories from history; movements for reproductive rights and justice.

Week 3 focuses on work and care. Feminist (re)definitions of work and care; gender inequality in pay and conditions; equal pay struggles throughout history and around the world, including Iceland’s 1975 “Women’s Day Off”; the historical provision of care, parenting, and “blended families”; gender history and material culture.

Week 4: Feminist History. Diverse historical and global understandings of feminism; intersectionality, feminist activism, and race, class, sexual orientation, and disability identities; gendered citizenship, political rights, and transnational suffrage activism; cultural forms of feminist politics.

What will you accomplish?

You’ll be able to… by the end of the course.

1. Identify and describe the historical contexts of modern social justice movements such as #MeToo, as well as campaigns for gay and trans rights, equal pay, and reproductive justice.

2. Examine the usefulness of key theoretical concepts in gender, feminist, queer, and trans studies, such as “patriarchal equilibrium,” “hegemonic masculinity,” and “intersectionality.”

3. Apply a gendered and sexual lens to historical primary sources, such as oral testimony, databases, archives, and museum collections, as well as written texts.

4. Participate in a lively and well-informed discussion with your classmates.

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for anyone with an interest in gendered and sexual history, as well as history and social science in general.

The inclusion of theoretical material covered in the course and assessments, on the other hand, will be beneficial for heritage, third-sector, educational, and media workers looking to reskill or upskill by expanding their gender studies portfolio and expertise.

Free Course on A Global History of Sex and Gender: Bodies and Power in the Modern World

Originally posted 2021-11-13 07:58:01.


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