Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

A Global History of Sex and Gender: Bodies and Power in the Modern World

The University of Glasgow

This course provides vital historical perspectives on issues of contemporary debate, such as #MeToo and reproductive justice. Each week is structured around a different theme, with a focus on ‘Gender & Power’ followed by investigations into ‘Sex & Intimacy’, ‘Work & Care’ and ‘Feminist Histories’. Throughout, the course foregrounds the voices of those often left out of conventional historical accounts and showcases an approach which can be applied to almost any aspect of history.

4 weeks, 4 hours per week


Dr Tanya Cheadle

Lecturer in Gender History

The University of Glasgow


Learning outcomes

  • Identify and describe the historical contexts of modern social justice movements such as #MeToo, and the campaigns for gay and trans rights, equal pay, and reproductive justice, from. c.1600 to the present.
  • Evaluate the utility of key theoretical concepts used in gender, feminist, queer and trans studies, such as the ‘patriarchal equilibrium’, ‘hegemonic masculinity’ and ‘intersectionality’.
  • Apply a gendered and sexual approach to historical primary sources, which could include oral testimony, databases, archives, and museum collections, as well as written texts. 4. Engage in lively and well-grounded discussion with fellow students.


Week 1: Gender and Power. How a gendered and sexual approach alters our understanding of the past; patriarchal and heteronormative power and its historical operation and resistance; men, masculinities and #MeToo; the sex and gender binary and beyond; new trans historical and philosophical approaches.

Week 2: Sex and Intimacy. How our bodies and their desires have been understood and regulated in the past; complicating narratives of nineteenth century sexual ‘repression’ and 1960s sexual ‘liberation’; sex, race and Empire; queer stories from history; movements for reproductive rights and justice.

Week 3: Work and Care. Feminist (re)definitions of work and care; gender inequality in pay and conditions; equal pay struggles in history and across the globe, including the 1975 ‘Women’s Day Off’ in Iceland; the historical provision of care, parenting and ‘blended families’; gender history and material culture.

Week 4: Histories of Feminism. Diverse historical and global understandings of feminism; intersectionality, feminist activism and identities of race, class, sexual orientation and disability; gendered citizenship, political rights and transnational suffrage activism; cultural forms of feminist politics.

Issued on 6th April 2021

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Free online course:

A Global History of Sex and Gender: Bodies and Power in the Modern World

The University of Glasgow