Gender, Politics and Civil Society

This information is for the 2014/15 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Mary Evans COL 5.04J


This course is available to all second and third year undergraduates who are permitted to take an outside option as part of their programme.

Course content

Term One

The Making of Gendered Politics : nineteenth and twentieth  century UK discussions about the gender of the public and political space; campaigns for and against the extension of the franchise; gender and the politics of class and race : women and men as citizens or subjects. Property, democracy and gender : from wives of rate payers to independent 'stake-holders'.

Gender and the Political 'Subject' : the inter-play of gender and specific political interests, the question of 'what women want' in politics and the political  traditions of gender. Gender and the Empire.

Gender and the State : the law and changing expectations of gender, debates about equality and dependence.

Term Two

Making Gendered Citizens : institutional order and gender; the origins of the frameworks of social intervention.

Gender and the Politics of Resistance : the meaning of 'radical' politics and the history/histories of feminism in the late nineteenth /twentieth/twenty first centuries. 

Questions of Emancipation  gender politics and social change, consequence or cause ?

The part that debates about gender relations play in constructs of 'the modern'. '


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 presentation and 1 other piece of coursework in the MT.

Indicative reading

The following items indicate possible reading for the course :

Sally Alexander                   ‘Men’s Fears and Women’s Work : Responses to

                                              Unemployment in London between the Wars’,

                                              (Gender and History, 2000)

Lesley Hall                           Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain since

                                              1880 (2013)

Jane Lewis                            The End of Marriage ? Individualism and Intimate

                                               Relations (2003)

Pat Thane and

Tanya Evans                          Sinners ? Scroungers? Saints? ( 2012)

John Tosh                               A Man’s Place : Masculinity and the Middle

                                                Class Home (1999)

Jeffrey Weeks                         Sex, Politics and Society ( 2007)


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2013/14: Unavailable

Average class size 2013/14: Unavailable

Capped 2013/14: No

Lecture capture used 2013/14: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills