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SOCI2003 Gender & Society

Module Overview

The module will introduce sociological perspectives on gender and to contemporary debates about gender and society.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module has two key aims. The first is to introduce you to the main theoretical approaches to studying gender and society. The module will thus offer you a firm grounding in the sociology of gender and enable critical dialogue between the perspectives and their key concepts. Within this broad aim the module will address the following questions: How are gender differences explained? What are gender identities? How do race/ethnicity, class and sexuality shape gender (and vice versa)? Does gender constrain or enable individual actions and opportunities? The second aim of this module is to enable you to engage critically with these questions in a range of specific contexts which include the media, religion, families and relationships, paid and unpaid work, organisations, space, migration, development, politics, war and peacekeeping.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the conceptualisation of gender
  • The ability to reflect on your own experiences and media reports on gender issues in a theoretically and empirically informed way
  • Essay writing skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the interaction of gender with race, class and other aspects of inequality
  • Knowledge and understanding of the gendered division of labour in the private and public sphere
  • Knowledge and understanding of social movements and politics addressing gender


The module will examine theoretical perspectives on gender, sexuality, masculinity, ethnicity, race and class. These themes will be developed through a consideration of a number of topics, such as: • work and organizations; • the body; • politics and social movements; • contemporary masculinities; • domestic labour and parenting

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods


Independent Study125
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 40%
Exam  (2 hours) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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