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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS2075 Gender and Entrepreneurship

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Sally Jones

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This course takes as a starting point how approaches to enterprise and entrepreneurship policy, theory and practice may be influenced by socially constructed notions linked to gender. Over the past decade there has been an increasing engagement with these debates and how they might inform notions around business success and career choices for individuals, groups, organizations and society.This module will help you to analyse, explore and identify the impact of gender on models of business ownership, including the sometimes controversial facts and fictions presented in the media, in policy and in everyday societal attitudes to enterprise and entrepreneurship. It will also help you to consider self-employment or business creation and how your own gendered attitudes and experience may impact on this. This module is designed to be accessible for all, regardless of subject discipline. It supports and encourages you to engage with, and learn from, gender and entrepreneurship theory and practices generally and within your subject discipline.In addition, you will develop skills through analysing and reflecting on, gendered entrepreneurial practices and gender-related entrepreneurship issues both generally and within your subject discipline.


This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and historical developments underpinning contemporary perspectives on gender and entrepreneurship. In doing so, students will discuss different definitions and approaches to gender and entrepreneurship research, practice and policy in the UK and internationally. Students will also debate current issues around gender and entrepreneurship.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Critically analyse gender perspectives in entrepreneurship practice and theory
- Apply their knowledge to current case studies and present evidence to explore the impact of gender on entrepreneurs and entreprenuering

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Apply analytical skills appropriate to different themes and contexts

Subject specific
- Describe and reflect on their own entrepreneurial skill set and attitudes towards gender and entrepreneurship


Indicative content
a) Overview of Gender (and definitions) in the context of the module
b) Overview of Entrepreneurship (and definitions) in the context of the module

Exploring the Foundations of Entrepreneurship: History, Policy and Gender; An introduction to the development of thinking around entrepreneurship since the 1600s, how this informs modern day conceptualisations of entrepreneurship and its gendered implications
Contemporary Perspectives on Entrepreneurship and Gender; Exploring some common conceptualisations of entrepreneurship: psychological approaches; resource-based approaches; economic approaches and sociological approaches. It will also explore 'the entrepreneur' in popular culture
Group project Preparation of case study assessment
Sector and Industry contexts; Gendered education and job segregation and its effects on entrepreneurship. The session will explore aspects of, for example the technology sector and social enterprise
Global contexts; Comparing gender and entrepreneurship in different cultural and societal contexts. Analysis and discussions of case studies. Overview of GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor)
Intersectionality in Gender and Entrepreneurship; How do issues such as class, ethnicity, sexuality and faith intersect with gender to inform entrepreneurship in different contexts?
Group project presentation; Delivery of group assessment
Guest speaker; From a research, practice or policy background
From Gender and Entrepreneurship Theory to Personal Practice; Discussion and case studies to identify and review learning on the module. Exploration of entrepreneurship as a potential future goal and identification of support and/or development needed.
Reflections; Review of module and coursework requirements
Supported by additional guest lectures as part of the 'Enterprise and Society' Lecture Series

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

The module has a core text and a recommended supplementary edited book of readings. There will also be a reading list of contemporary journal articles which students will be expected to read in preparation for group sessions and to support their group work and individual assignment completion. The will also be expected to complete a weekly reflective blog which will offer opportunities for formative feedback and assessment.

75 hours have been allocated in total:

2hrs reading (linked to taught sessions) - 20 hours
1hr (weekly blog) - 10 hours
25 hours individual study
20 hours group work and preparation for presentation and case study

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance will be expected at every workshop session, and non-attendance without good reason will be followed up. Progress issues will be addressed informally during the interactive workshop sessions. Reflective blogs will be accessed to provide formative feedback and support and help will be available on an individual basis through appointment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectCase study (1600 words excluding references)30.00
PortfolioIndividual portfolio (2500 words)70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit is available by 2 hour seen examination only.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/04/2016


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