A Womens’s Sphere: How 19th Century British Women Created a Social Revolution that Changed the Empire

In 19th century Britain and her colonies, the socio-religious doctrine known as “The Two Spheres” was enshrined in law. This doctrine defined the roles of men and women in society. Two clearly delineated spheres – the masculine sphere was the world of action, politics, economics, education and religion; the feminine sphere was the world of hearth and home where women were subservient to father, husband or brother because by law they were deemed to be "minors'; unfit to have an independent voice in society. To enforce this separation of roles women were denied access to higher education, unable to hold public office, to have their own income, and in the event of divorce, access to their own children. This is a course about a number of notable women and men who challenged this doctrine and in the process changed social attitudes as well as the laws which limited women’s rights and opportunities.

Course Tutor
Susanne Glover

Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet

Units & Pricing
6 units / $78 per person

Course Code for Enrolment

Getting Started
1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. There are many existing groups that welcome new members. If you wish to start a new group to suit your situation WEA can help you, please note that a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
2. Arrange the meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

How to Enrol
1. First check the availability of your selection by contacting WEA Sydney. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices).
2. Indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.
3. Download and fill out a copy of the WEA Sydney Discussion Group Program Enrolment Form and send it to the Discussion Group Co-ordinator to enrol.