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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5313M Theorising Gender 2

30 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Jess Martin

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23



Module replaces

GEND5102M Theorising Gender

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is an opportunity for those who already have a grounding in gender theory (for example, following the completion of Theorising Gender I) to both build on those foundations and bring them to bear on a range of sites of social scientific investigation. The module addresses contemporary issues and debates by drawing on a range of theoretical approaches, including: the challenging of gender categories; sexualities; violence; activism; the body; masculinities; feminist technoscience; and the media / popular culture.


This module aims to:
• Enhance student understanding of 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 bring those theoretical approaches and debates to bear on a range of sites of social scientific investigations
• 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 others’ learning, and explore issues and present findings collectively
• Evaluate the significance of gender to questions of identity, social diversity and social division across a range of sites of social scientific investigation
• Write an extended essay that demonstrates an ability to understand, evaluate and apply different theoretical approaches to contemporary or historical gender relations
• Prepare an audio podcast which mobilises gender theory to explore a key topic or debate and communicate that in a manner appropriate for an educated, non-specialist audience.


This module brings core feminist theoretical questions to bear on a range of key debates and topics, including for example: theoretical challenges to gender categories, sexuality, violence, activism, migration, the body, masculinity, technoscience and the media and popular culture.

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, work in a small group to prepare an assessed podcast, and write an assessed essay. Students will also have access to the teaching team during office hours for further support.

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. Students will also receive training in the process of making a podcast, and will be given opportunities to meet as a group with the module convenor to get feedback on their plans and talk through any problems.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4,000 words70.00
Practical10 minute podcast30.00
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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