Day 1: Introduction

At the end of the day, participants will have an understanding of the state of women and LGBTQ+ freedoms on a global scale and how authoritarianism and inequality are part of the story of the precarious nature of freedoms globally.

Activity 1: Women and the erosion of freedoms

This activity will help us to highlight the erosion of women’s freedoms around the world through authoritarianism, technology and inequality by investigating a series of case studies.

Activity 2: Women and freedom in SA today

Drawing upon your responses to the assignment between modules, this activity aims to produce a conversation about the state of freedom and women in South Africa today.

Activity 3: Critical skills – Understanding an argument

This activity will help us to recap our work from Module 1 (Contemporary Challenges to Freedom) on analysing the structure of paragraphs and provide a bridge to this module (Feminism and Freedom) by discussing components of an argument which are (a) claims (b) assumptions (c) evidence (d) conclusions.

Day 2: Why Feminism?

At the end of this day participants should have an understanding of feminism, its historical evolution and a strong basis for thinking about feminist responses to freedom.

Activity 4: Feminism as a response: What is feminism?

To help us to reflect on a selection of current perspectives around feminism, as part of developing a common and shared understanding and definition of feminism.

Activity 5: Feminist/ism through time: 1ˢᵗ, 2ⁿᵈ, 3ʳᵈ wave and beyond?

To help us to familiarise ourselves with the three commonly spoken about phases, periods or waves of feminism that have formed part of the history of the women’s movement, in order to to better understand feminism today and what the future of feminism holds.

Activity 6: Feminist/ism through time: Poster making on the waves and beyond

To help us to consolidate our work from earlier by building a huge poster of the wave your reading group explored.

Day 3: Freedom and the Feminist Challenge

At the end of the day, participants should have an understanding of the different meanings of freedom emerging from a range of political traditions, and how feminism has grappled with the idea of freedom – giving us insights that are neglected in other political traditions.

Activity 7: Freedom songs and slogans

Using songs, poems and slogans about freedom, this activity will help us to make the link between the idea of freedom and struggles for social change.

Activity 8: Four conceptions of freedom

This activity will look at three conceptions of freedom and the key ideas that each conception brings to the fore.

Activity 9: The feminist challenge: how feminism expands ideas of freedom

This task will help us to locate the concrete ways in which feminism challenged, broadened and enriched ideas about freedom.

Activity 10: The ‘Woman Question’ in the International Women’s Organisations 1888 - 1919

In this fireside chat, we set the context for feminist concerns in international women’s movements.

Day 4: Feminism, Freedom and Subversive Voices

At the end of this day participants should have an understanding of the realities of some of the blind spots within feminist discourse, and how the achievement of freedom requires us to constantly assess our feminism and what this means for our activism and acts of subversion in pursuit of freedom.

Activity 11: Queer theory, feminism and freedom

To help us to understand how queer theory has put the feminist conception of freedom under scrutiny and has highlighted its blind-spots.

Activity 12: Feminism and freedom: Violence, fear and our own movements

To help us to look inward, inside our own movements and organisations and consider the challenges within and possible solutions to this

Day 5: Wrapping Up this Module

At the end of this day participants should be able to reflect on the module in its entirety, the key lessons, concepts and the experience as a whole.

Activity 13: Wrap up

This activity will help us to connect the various threads running through this module and revisit the initial questions we posed and the people we interviewed about their experiences of freedom in South Africa today.

Activity 14: Module 2 evaluation

This session will be an evaluation of the course, conducted by Professor Linda Cooper of UCT.