Women and Global Movements

Overview and aims

The aim of this module is to examine the phenomenon of women’s global movements by examining political, ethical or social justice movements which have developed across the globe.

After providing an introductory outline of key debates which surround the issues of women’s movements throughout the world we shall begin by assessing the notion of solidarity amongst women – do women engage with global issues in a way notably different from men, empirically and/or ethically? We shall then look at a range of areas where women’s groups have appeared either to act together or to have been heavily influenced by each other’s actions. There are four broad topics to be addressed in this module. Each topic will involve a discussion of ethical and theoretical issues and then an empirical examination of existing examples.

Module content

Module topics

  • The issues: human rights, social/economic justice and migration
  • Internet communication: from cyborg- to cyber-feminism, breaking down barriers?
  • Cyber activism and Hacktivism: cyber-protest and feminist ‘hacktivism’
  • Women’s peace organisations, the ethics of peace and gender
  • From Greenham to Code Pink, how women’s protest has evolved
  • Protecting the environment: ecofeminism

Learning outcomes

After studying this module you should be able to:

  • critically examine the concepts of intersectionality and feminist solidarity
  • use advanced knowledge of cyber-feminism to analyse contemporary international relations
  • critically evaluate notions of the ethics of peace and gender
  • critically discuss the arguments relating to ecofeminism

This module will help you gain the skills and qualities to:

  • produce two substantial pieces of work, combining aspects of both theoretical and empirically-based research
  • gather, organise, evaluate and deploy data, evidence, arguments, assumptions and information from a variety of secondary sources to produce complex research-informed knowledge
  • demonstrate reflexivity through the productive use of formative feedback

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