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SLSP2050 The Sociology of Gender

20 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Katucha Bento

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits at Level 1 from a social science related discipline or the appropriate discovery theme

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to introduce you to major topics and areas of debate in the sociology of gender. This will be achieved through the study of feminist theory and theories of gender as well as some empirical material. The particular focus will be on gender in contemporary industrial societies although to develop an understanding of contemporary gender issues references to historical contexts and development are made at times. By the end of the module you should have acquired a broad map of current thinking in the sociology of gender as well as an understanding of key theoretical debates. The module will explore the empirical and theoretical interconnections between gender, bodies, sexuality, 'race' and class, and related inequalities.


- To introduce major topics and areas of debate in the sociology of gender through the study of recent empirical research and feminist theory, with particular reference to contemporary industrial societies.
- To explore the empirical and theoretical interconnections between gender, sexuality, 'race' and class.


Topics looked at in relation to gender may include:

- Feminist movements
- Technology
- Masculinities and femininities
- Popular culture
- Transgender
- Violence
- Intimicies and families
- Work
- Politics

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for lectures: 24 hours
- Preparation for seminars: 100 hours
- Preparation for essay/exam: 59 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at tutorials

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Exam with advance information on questions3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/12/2018


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