Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3108: Sociology of Family and Gender

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes:


  1. Families in the 21st century: An overview of recent trends in post-industrialized societies
  2. Theories of gender in the context of the family institution
  3. Social and political aspects of reproductive behaviour
  4. Women’s education and fertility: A dynamic relationship
  5. Family policy and the opportunity costs of children
  6. ‘Doing gender’ and the division of paid and unpaid labour
  7. Who cares? Social aspects of care work
  8. Trends in assortative mating and union formation
  9. Union stability and the gendered division of labour
  10. Gender perspectives of union dissolution
  11. The relationship between gender equality and family dynamics

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and teaching activity22Weekly 2 hour lectures where we go over topics and materials
Guided Independent Study48Reading and preparing for seminars (around 4-6 hours per week);
Guided independent study80Study tasks directed by the module leader: e.g. 25 hours for essay, 15 hours for presentation, 40 hours for the final exam

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).