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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5312M Theorising Gender 1

30 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Jess Martin

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

GEND5102M Theorising Gender

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module explores the key concepts and approaches that constitute contemporary gender theory as a means of understanding the ways in which gender relations are both enacted and resisted. The module addresses questions of race and intersectionality, theories of difference and a range of approaches to the theorisation of gender, giving students a foundation from which to consider questions of social diversity, division, inequality, change and resistance.


This module aims to:
• Familiarise students with a wide range of theoretical approaches to the study of gender
• Enable students to work critically with those theoretical approaches
• Enable students to pay attention to intersectionality in their understandings of gender relations
• To be able to draw on these theoretical approaches in their own research and writing

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
• Show an ability to engage with complex theoretical debates about the meaning and significance of gender
• Give oral presentations to the class on assigned topics
• Engage in class discussion in relation to the key readings and their implications for our understanding of the social relations of gender
• effectively to support each other’s learning, and explore issues and present findings collectively
• Evaluate the significance of gender to questions of identity, social diversity and social division
• Write an extended essay that demonstrates an ability to understand, evaluate and apply different theoretical approaches to contemporary or historical gender relations


Beginning with discussions about the scope and histories of feminist theory, the module explores key feminist texts and debates, including for example: feminist epistemology, the status of experience, intersectionality, post-structuralism, Foucault and feminism, relations of production and reproduction, post-colonial feminism, psychoanalysis and queer theory.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning113.0033.00
Private study hours234.00
Total Contact hours66.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

This module requires extensive preparatory reading of relatively challenging texts. Students will be expected to come to class have read, minimally, two key readings and be able to discuss them in detail during seminars. In addition, students will be required to prepare for one group class presentation, and for an assessed essay.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback on an ongoing basis during seminar discussions. They will also be asked to give at least one short group presentation to the class to introduce a topic and will receive verbal and written feedback on this. These activities will enable staff to identify any students experiencing problems and to intervene and provide further feedback in one-to-one meetings. Students will also be encouraged to meet with the module convenor prior to the final assessment to discuss their essay plan and receive feedback on it. Dedicated ‘essay surgeries’ will be established for this in weeks 10 and 11. Students can also use regular staff office hours for further discussion and feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation6000 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: 29/04/2022 15:30:03


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