Gender and Sexuality

Second year module

Lecturer: Shelley Budgeon

In this module students will be exposed to 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, the role of the state and the family in policing sexuality; race and desire; HIV/AIDS. 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.


  • 1 x 3 hour exam (50%)
  • 1 x 3000 word essay (50%)