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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5304M Que(e)rying Sexualities

15 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Mitch Travis

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Module replaces

GEND5106M Que(e)rying Sexualities

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module considers the importance of sexuality in historical and contemporary times. It suggests, that in order to understand the impact of sexuality in contemporary society and culture, the ‘history of sexuality’ needs to first be explored. The module thus starts by examining the ways in which ‘modern’ ideas around sexuality were developed in the 19th Century. It traces key changes to understandings, identities and practices around sexuality in the 20th Century, and considers significant areas of change and debate in today’s society: focusing on issues around sexual identities and categories, sexual politics, law and policy, and sexual practices. The module also considers sexuality in terms of media production and consumption, and explores ethical issues around researching sexuality.


During the course of the module students will also have the opportunity to:
- engage with a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary viewpoints on sexualities and queer theory;
- evaluate a range of methodologies deployed in the study of sexualities;
- develop an awareness of a range of theoretical perspectives and approaches to support further research in their specialist area;
- experience a range of teaching and learning methods;
- develop an awareness of key contemporary issues pertinent to the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexualities.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- identify key theoretical concepts in the study of gender, sexuality and queer theory;
- understand the critical debates surrounding sexualities;
- critically analyse sexualised forms and practices from a gender perspective;
- review and critically appraise writings on gender and sexualities;
- synthesise information and knowledge from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives;
- use the above to produce a critical essay which addresses key arguments and debates within the field of sexuality and queer theory.


Key themes are approached through the following sessions:
- Historicising Sexualities
- Pathologising Sexualities
- Sex Research
- Sexuality and Feminism
- The Sexualisation of Culture?
- Sexism, Trolling and Lad Culture
- Queer Theory and Politics
- Sexual Identities and Intimacies in Contemporary Culture
- Sexuality and the Body
- Researching Sexuality: Methods and Ethics

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will be expected to read 2 key readings in advance of each tutorial. Private Study Time/Independent Learning will also include working towards assessed and formative work.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students’ progress will be monitored in a number of ways, including attendance and participation/engagement, in tutorials. Students will also be given the opportunity to write an optional short formative essay (which does not count towards the final mark on the course) to be submitted in week 7. The tutor will provide detailed feedback on this piece, with the aim of helping students prepare for the assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation3000 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: 21/12/2018


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