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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP2051 Gender and Society

20 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Patricio Simonetto

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

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

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS2125Anthropology for Business
SLSP2050The Sociology of Gender

Module replaces

SLSP2050 The Sociology of Gender

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to introduce you to major topics and areas of debate in gender and society. 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.


This module aims to:

- Introduce major topics and areas of debate in Gender and Society through the study of recent empirical research and feminist theory, with particular reference to contemporary societies.
- Explore the empirical and theoretical intersections between categories of differentiation such as gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality and (dis)ability.
- Equip students to understand the contributions of various feminist perspectives in order to avoid universal ideas regarding gender, society and institutions.
- Develop discussions about how gender is present in the cultural, social and political structures of different societies for in depth understandings of how society is organised.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module, the student should be able to:

- Demonstrate awareness and critical understanding of challenges facing gender inequality and its intersections.
- Have an informed insight about gender in Global South and Global North thought the diversity of experiences, literature and study-cases.
- Engage with relevant concepts and literature on Gender Studies through seminar participation and in the final exam.
- Apply key theories to a range of topics, study cases and materials related to gender in its various contexts and standpoints.
- Clearly communicate through critical analytical skills, key ideas, concepts and literature related to gender and society.
- Develop the ability to use and analyse different sources of materials and references to explore in-depth the different social constructions of gender.


Topics looked at in relation to gender may include:

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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning111.0011.00
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for online learning and lectures: 22 hours
Preparation for tutorials: 100 hours
Preparation for essay: 46 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at tutorials

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 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: 31/05/2023 16:25:30


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