Gender and Sexuality

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Second year module

Lecturer: Dr Shelley Budgeon

In this module students will learn about theories of gender and the tenets of feminist theory in the first half of the module. Gender differences and the translation of difference into inequality will be addressed. Theory will be applied to a range of substantive areas including the private/public spheres, the body, media, postfeminism, gender identity, masculinity and class. In the second half of the module, theories of sexuality will be examined and explored in relation to a range of substantive topics including heterosexuality, same sex sexualities, prostitution and pornography; race and desire; and sexualisation of culture. While its disciplinary focus is sociology, the module will draw substantially from gender studies, lesbian and gay studies, Queer theory and cultural studies.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: 

  • Critically evaluate the main theories of gender and sexuality.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding and explain the relationship between the gender and sexuality.
  • Research a specific topic, undertake an in-depth analysis and write this up in a scholarly fashion.
  •  Apply theoretical concepts to substantive areas.


  • Term One: Formative class exercise
  • Term Two: 1 essay x 3,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 3 hour examination (50%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.