Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Women and Gender in Britain C 1800 - C 1950
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
HA 36830
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  25%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   (1 x 3 hour exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  25%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  25%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   1 x 3 hour supplementary (resit) examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Describe and assess the lives and experiences of women in Britain during the study period;
2. Identify and explain changes in gender relations in Britain;
3. Locate the experiences of women and changing gender relations in the wider social, economic and political history of Britain;
4. Discuss with increasing confidence historiographical arguments through written and oral means;
5. Analyse with further sophistication primary source material in a critical and intelligent manner.

Brief description

This module surveys the history of women and gender relations in Britain in the 19th and early 20th Century. It considers the varying and changing experiences of women in different social, economic and political contexts, and sets these developments in Britain'r wider history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Furthermore, the module examines the changing definitions of gender and their impact on gender relations in the study period. These aspects of women'r experiences will be set in a chronological framework that surveys the history of women and gender relations from the early nineteenth century to the Second World War.


The module aims to:
introduce students to some of the main themes in the history of women in the modern period;
develop an awareness of the importance of nationality, generation, and social class in conditioning women's experiences;
allow students to consider the main changes and continuities in women's history over a century and a half.


1. Introduction
2. Women before the Nineteenth Century
3. 'Separate spheres'
4. Women and the Industrial Revolution
5. 'The Struggle for the Breeches': Women and the Making of the British Working Class
6. Women, Marriage and the Family
7. 'Lady Bountifuls': Women and Philanthropy
8. The Early Feminist Movement
9. Victorian Sexuality
10. Women and Empire
11. The 'New Woman' of the 1890s
12. The Campaign for Female Suffrage I
13. The Campaign for Female Suffrage II
14. Women and the First World War
15. Women's Employment in the Twentieth Century
16. Feminism between the Wars
17. Women and the Second World War
18. Women and the Welfare State

1. 'Separate Spheres'
2. Women and Politics during the first half of the nineteenth century
3. Women and Religion during the nineteenth century
4. Prostitution
5. Women and Political Parties
6. Women and Popular Culture
7. The Suffrage Campaign I: The arguments over suffrage
8. The Suffrage Campaign II: Suffragettes and Suffragists
9. 'New Feminism' between the Wars
10. War and Social Change during the Twentieth Century

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Written communication skills will be developed through the coursework and written examination; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but are not formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be advised on how to improve research and communication skills through the individual tutorial providing feedback on submitted coursework.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be expected to word-process their work and make use of Blackboard. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop a range of transferable skills, including time management and communication skills, which may help them identify their personal strengths as they consider potential career paths.
Problem solving Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.
Research skills Students will develop their research skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness in preparation for the coursework and the written examination.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop skills in the use of primary sources relating to the history women in modern Britain.
Team work Students will be expected to play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars) and to learn to evaluate their own contribution to such activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 6