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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

THEO5100M Contemporary Issues in Religion and Gender

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Caroline Starkey

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

How are women depicted in religious traditions? In what ways do religious views of women impact upon their social roles and status? Why are women typically not allowed to occupy the same positions of leadership and responsibility within religions as men? This module will familiarise students with contemporary debates on religions and gender, and, in engagement with these debates, will enable them to develop advanced critical skills in theology and the history and sociology of religions. Topics covered include feminist liberation theology, female divinity, religions and women's human rights and spiritual ecofeminism.If the module recruits three or fewer students, it will be delivered via 3 hours of supervision with the module leader (instead of the format specified below).


- to familiarise students with contemporary debates on religion and gender in engagement with these debates;
- to develop advanced critical skills in theology, history and sociology of religions;
- to teach students to think and express themselves independently about the issues involved.


- An examination of contemporary debates on religion and gender, focusing particularly on women's studies.
- An introduction of the following:
> methodological approaches to the study of gender and religion, religion, feminism and patriarchy;
> feminist analyses of women in selected religions with reference to scripture, language and roles (e.g.: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism);
> the work of selected commentators (e.g.: Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Mary Daly, Judith Plaskow, Fatima Mernissi, Leila Ahmed, Rita Gross, Ursula King, Carol Christ, Luce Irigaray);

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Reading and note-taking, project design and planning; research (library based / empirical), drafting and redrafting account of outcomes of research; preparation of material for meetings with academic tutor. 278 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance monitoring, draft essays, tutor meetings

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment6,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)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: 05/04/2019


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