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What Will You Learn?

The History of Feminism Diploma Course guides you through the growth of feminism from its early medieval roots up to the present day. We’ll look at feminism through the “wave construct”, to understand how it flourished within the context of the political activities, social justice movements and world events that were happening at the time.

Alongside the issues fought and the achievements gained, the course also places a spotlight on the various women without whom the cause of feminism would not have succeeded.

Explore both the religious and secular roots of feminism before moving on to the 18th century and the French Revolution's role in expanding feminist ideas. Learn about the relationship between social reform and feminism, the “first wave feminism proper” and the role of the suffragettes and suffragists, Britain's women’s suffrage movement, and America’s “Cult of True Womanhood”.

Moving on to second-wave feminism, you’ll continue to explore women’s rights in America and Betty Friedan’s The Feminist Mystique, and the experiences of Black women and lesbians.

Examining the second wave in the UK, we’ll look at its roots in leftwing politics and the labour movement. You’ll also learn about the polarizing opinions around female sexuality and sexual activity that developed at this time.

The course discusses how third-wave feminism is tightly tied to American lawyer Anita Hill’s testimony against Clarence Thomas and the emergence of the Riot Grrrl punk subculture.

Finally, you will learn how fourth-wave feminism is characterised by the use of the internet and defined by major movements that occurred on social media, such as #MeToo.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Discover the origins of feminism
  • Learn what is meant by first, second, third and fourth-wave feminism
  • Learn how feminism flourished differently in the UK and the US
  • Explore the suffragist and suffragette movements and how the women’s vote was won
  • Become familiar with the gains of second-wave feminism
  • Understand how black feminism differed from white feminism in the US
  • Understand what the sex wars were and who was involved
  • Learn what Riot Grrrl culture had to do with feminism
  • Examine modern feminism
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Early Religious Female Intellectuals
  • Part 2: Expanding the Argument for Spiritual and Educational Equality
  • Part 3: The Beginning of Secular Feminism
  • Part 4: The 18th Century and Rise of the First True Feminists
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Beginning of First Wave Feminism
  • Part 2: The Reform Era
  • Part 3: 19th Century Christian Religiosity and Feminism
  • Part 4: Reforms Achieved
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Early Male Feminists
  • Part 2: Formation of the Suffragists
  • Part 3: The Formation of the WPSU
  • Part 4: The War and its Effect on Female Suffrage
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Second Great Awakening and Early Reform Movements
  • Part 2: Seneca Falls Convention
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Civil Rights and the Start of Second Wave Feminism
  • Part 2: Betty Friedan and The Problem that Has No Name
  • Part 3: The Goals of the Second Wave
  • Part 4: The Problem of Sexism
  • Part 5: Sexual Liberation and the Pill
  • Part 6: Women Making Gains
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Civil Rights and the Involvement of Women
  • Part 2: The SNCC Activities and Protests
  • Part 3: Different Aims of Black and White Feminists
  • Part 4: Women’s Role in the Black Panther Party
  • Part 5: Black Feminists in the “White” Second Wave
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Achievements for Women in the ‘50s and ‘60s
  • Part 2: The Start of the British Second Wave
  • Part 3: From History Studies to History Making
  • Part 4: Consciousness Raising
  • Part 5: Feminist Culture in Britain
  • Part 6: Feminism and Politics
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sex-Positive Feminists
  • Part 2: Sex-Negative/Anti-Pornography Feminists
  • Part 3: The Sex Wars and the Third Wave
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Beginning of Third & Fourth Wave Feminism
  • Part 2: Riot Grrrls
  • Part 3: Lipstick or “Girlie” Feminism
  • Part 4: The Main Concern of Third-Wave Feminists
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: International Gender Violence Incidents
  • Part 2: The Internet and Feminism
  • Part 3: Intersectionality
  • Conclusion
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

People who would benefit from this course include those interested in studying history,  specifically women’s rights, politics and gender studies. It’ll provide a helpful foundation for a lifelong appreciation of all that the women who came before us did to achieve equality for today’s women and those who’ve yet to come.

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The History of Feminism Diploma Course will take up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course; it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

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