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Week 1 learning summary

What we have learned in week 1.
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Well done for finishing week 1 of the course!

It’s a good idea to take a moment to reflect on what you have learnt and consolidate your thoughts.

This week you have:

  • Become familiar with interpreting history through a sex and gendered lens.

  • Discovered that the gender binary is a cultural construction of the European Enlightenment.

  • Learnt how the concepts of patriarchy and masculinity are applied in a historical context and how that helps us to understand contemporary social justice movements, such as #MeToo.

  • Encountered trans history and how the treatment of ‘gender outlaws’ in the past reveals how gender regimes are perpetuated, subverted and challenged.

  • Analysed a range of primary sources for yourself, including newspaper articles, a film and a colonial account.


How have you found this week? What was the most surprising insight from the course so far? What are you looking forward to learning next week?

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