Gender and Sexuality

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

College of Social Sciences


Code 19221

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

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.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – Formative class exercise, 1 x 3000 word summative essay (50%) plus 3 hour examination (50%).