Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Gender and Society in Britain, 1945 to 2000
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 5 x 2 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 successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key trends and events in twentieth-century Britain.
2. Critically assess historiography of twentieth-century Britain and synthesise national narratives with those of different regions and groups within society.
3. Identify and evaluate the extent of continuity and change in women's and men's lives over the second half of the twentieth century.
4. Illustrate knowledge and understanding of concepts of masculinity and femininity, and apply a gendered perspective to historical processes and events

Brief description

Using a thematic approach to the study of modern British history, this module explores the second half of the twentieth century through the lens of gender. The module will consider the diverse, evolving experiences of men and women in Britain, highlighting those who challenged expected norms, whilst exploring the continuities in discourses of gender and women's and men's experiences and expectations through this period. A broad range of topics will be studied to illuminate the gender experience of people in Britain from the Second World War until the closing decade of the twentieth century. These topics will include politics and political movements, industry and work, everyday life, the home and family. We will consider gender discourses and their construction (and destruction), and their relationship with the lived experience of ordinary men and women. By completing this module, you will be equipped to critique conventional narratives of modern British history and demonstrate the alternative narratives offered by gender historians.


1. Increase opportunities for students to study modern gender history.
2. Present students with an overview of the post Second World War period in Britain and the gender experience of men and women within it.
3. Provide the skills and knowledge for students to consider gender analysis and gender history as part of their study of the past.
4. Further develop students' understanding of gender as a theoretical concept as it applies to history.


1. Introduction
2. Politics (1) - Political Parties and the Electoral System
3. Gender and national identities
4. Race and Gender
5. Work (1) - Industry
6. Work (2) - The Service Sector
7. Work (3) - Trade Unions
8. Sport and Leisure
9. Courtship and Marriage
10. Sexual Revolution and the Permissive Society
11. House and Home - Housework and the Division of Labour
12. Motherhood
13. Fatherhood
14. The Women's Liberation Movement
15. Peace and Protest
16. Crime and Violence
17. Transgressing Gender
18. Conclusion: Was there real change in men and women's lives by 1999?

1. Discovering Discourse
2. The Double Helix: Investigating Gender after the Second World War
3. Divisions of Labour: Investigating paid and unpaid work
4. Gendering Immigration
5. Gender-based violence

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Written communication and literacy will be developed through essays and exam. Feedback will be provided for essays to improve performance. Oral communication developed as students expected to make an effective contribution to seminars
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on their own seminar contributions and coursework and devise their own plans for improvement in future.
Information Technology Use of email and AberLearn for communication with course leader and to access digitized sources. Students may use the internet to access sources and find information and data, with the expectation that online sources are critically evaluated. Essays to be word processed.
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. Students to identify and positively develop their strengths and weaknesses.
Problem solving Identify problems and factors which might influence potential solutions; develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving; evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
Research skills Locate, analyse and evaluate suitable primary and secondary sources, synthesize diverse information from a range of sources, and manage research.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop an awareness of appropriate sources and historical literature associated with the study of twentieth-century British and gender history.
Team work Working as a group in seminars; some smaller group work will rely on students working together as a team.


This module is at CQFW Level 6