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HIST1186 Sexual Politics: Gender History in Twentieth Century Britain

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Twentieth century British history
  • The role of gender in historical analysis
  • The ways of using a variety of primary and historiographical sources


How does gender shape our lives? How does gender shape history? This course explores British from the Edwardian period to second wave feminism through the lens of gender and sex. We will be thinking about how ordinary people’s lives were shaped by gender, and how men and women experienced Britain differently, across the twentieth century. We will explore about how race and ethnicity, class, sexual identity, and other identities intersected with gender, and the ways that masculinity and femininity were constructed and reimagined in this period.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study276
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Timed Assignment 50%
Written assignment 50%
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