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
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.
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.
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)
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 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.
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.
To help us to consolidate our work from earlier by building a huge
poster of the wave your reading group explored.
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
Using songs, poems and slogans about freedom, this activity will help
us to make the link between the idea of freedom and struggles for
This activity will look at three conceptions of freedom and the key ideas
that each conception brings to the fore.
This task will help us to locate the concrete ways in which feminism
challenged, broadened and enriched ideas about freedom.
In this fireside chat, we set the context for feminist concerns in international women’s
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.
To help us to understand how queer theory has put the feminist
conception of freedom under scrutiny and has highlighted its blind-spots.
To help us to look inward, inside our own movements and organisations and
consider the challenges within and possible solutions to this
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.
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
This session will be an evaluation of the course, conducted by Professor Linda
Cooper of UCT.