In their production, their use, and their aftermath, nuclear weapons impact different populations in different ways. Nuclear issues provide a lens through which to understand issues of identity and society, from gender to nationality, race to class.

In this five-lesson teaching pack, students discover how gender and identity are embedded in nuclear issues, by learning from different geographical and historical examples.

These lessons have been designed to help teachers combine social justice, peace and their subject curriculum in the classroom. At a time when feminism, anti-racism and identity politics are pressing issues for young people, and with the world seeming more divided and dangerous, Critical Mass uses nuclear weapons examples to encourage students to consider these complex issues together. It is needed now more than ever.

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Lesson One: International Disagreements, Nuclear Negotiations and Gender

Lesson Two (Drama): The Women of Greenham Common

Lesson Two (English): The Women of Greenham Common

Lesson Three: Hibakusha and Art

Download our Hibakusha art samples, courtesy of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Lesson Four: Uranium Mining in Northern Australia

Lesson Five: Philosophy for Children, Colleges and Communities (P4C)