Gender and Religion Today


Drawing on the research conducted for the project Religious Sisterhood: Encounters of Gender, Religion and Belonging in the UK, this forthcoming online course aims to offer a fresh perspective on gender and religion.


Taking an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, the course will examine the historical, theological, social and legal transformations in the ways gendered identities are constructed, practiced and negotiated in religious settings.

With thanks to the generous support of Dangoor Education at the Exilarch's Foundation and the Randeree Charitable Trust.

The Woolf Institute is grateful for the generous support of The Spalding Trust in providing The Spalding Trust Bursaries.

Course Structure

In a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), each week, you will listen to a short pre-recorded video, receive set readings and prepare various assignments online.

Woolf Institute tutors will support you and provide feedback during the course. Alongside fellow participants, you will be able to discuss ideas on the online discussion forum.

Following an Online Introductory Week session, the course is divided into eight sessions:

Week 1: Gendered Becomings

Week 2: Head covering

Week 3: Sex and Religion

Week 4: Marriage

Week 5: Gendered Sacred Space

Week 6: Religion at Home and at Work

Week 7: Social Change and LGBTQ+ Activism

Week 8: Gender and the Word of God

There will be a live Concluding Week (on Zoom) where participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the different topics covered throughout the course.

Course timetable

Participants will have access to the general course information a few days before the course commences to familiarise themselves with this material.

Application and Bursary details

Interested in applying? Contact Emma Harris

Before submitting your application, please read the Booking Terms and Conditions and Refund Policy.

The fee is £325 which includes online access to the course and the course materials, tutor feedback and a Woolf Institute Certificate of Completion.