University of California, Santa Cruz

Feminism and Social Justice

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Bettina Aptheker

Instructor: Bettina Aptheker


(6,027 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
8 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Explain the working definition of feminism.

  • Compose a personal definition of feminism.

  • Discuss the role of protest in feminism and social justice.

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There are 5 modules in this course

Feminism is a movement, a philosophical perspective, and a driver of social change. It has various goals and constituencies, and it continues to be adapted in response to new conditions. In this module, you will be introduced to Dr. Aptheker's working definition of feminism, which she has cultivated and refined over her prolific career. You will also have an opportunity to discuss the meaning and purpose of feminism with your fellow learners.

What's included

2 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In 1951, zinc miners in southwestern New Mexico went on strike in response to the Empire Zinc Company's discriminatory treatment of Mexican-American workers and their families. After the miners were prevented from protesting by a court order, their wives maintained the picket line. In this module, you will learn about the causes, conditions, and outcomes of the strike. You will also hear the story of the controversial 1954 feature film (called "Salt of the Earth") that documented the struggle of its key figures. The entire film is available in the module.

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2 videos1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In 1970, FBI agents arrested the feminist scholar and activist Angela Davis for her alleged connection to the Soledad Brothers, inmates of Soledad Prison in central California who were accused of killing a guard. At the time of the arrest, President Richard Nixon referred to Davis as a "terrorist." In this module, you will hear Dr. Aptheker's personal experience of Davis' arrest and trial, and you will learn about the extraordinary movement that grew in support of Davis.

What's included

1 video1 quiz1 discussion prompt

The hashtag "metoo" appeared on social media in 2017 in response to a number of high-profile sexual assault allegations in the entertainment industry. It quickly spread to other societal domains and continues to spur discussion and action around the world. In this module, you will learn about the causes and outcomes of the #metoo movement, and its contribution to feminism and social justice. You will also have an opportunity to discuss recent changes resulting from the #metoo movement with your fellow learners.

What's included

1 video1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Dr. Aptheker writes and lectures on a variety of topics. You can find new materials that she produces in this optional module.

What's included

1 video1 reading


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4.9 (2,633 ratings)
Bettina Aptheker
University of California, Santa Cruz
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