Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3016: Gender and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to develop a multi-faceted, in-depth approach to the study of gender and sexuality in the Western world through an exploration of perspectives on masculinities, femininities, bodies and sexualities and their historical, cultural and social and political dimensions. As such, the module aims to

(a) introduce you to the ways in which these concepts have been articulated and debated, and

(b) help you develop a critical understanding of topical issues, together with

(c) the ability to apply such an understanding both to fine-tune your analyses of gender relations and dynamics, sexual representations and love and intimacy (to name a few) and your observations and interpretations of everyday life. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate an informed and detailed understanding of various perspectives on gender, sexuality and the body; and
2. Critically appraise their conceptual and social relevance through informed examples;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Select relevant and topical sources and assess their arguments in relation to masculinities and femininities, bodies and sexualities;
4. Critically evaluate a range of various perspectives on selected topics (e.g. feminism, heteronormativity, love and intimacy).
Personal and Key Skills5. Plan and work independently and in groups;
6. Make good use of feedback and
7. Act autonomously within agreed guidelines and manage time effectively to meet deadlines.