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SOC2038 : Conceptualising Gender (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module explores the ways in which gender has been constructed, experienced and struggled over in society and conceptualised and discussed in social theory. It looks at the institutions that have given rise to particular social understandings of gender and gender differences through history, at the inequalities which the resulting structures affect and at the social movements and critical work in academia that have challenged these notions and sought to change them. It will consider the concept of patriarchy, and explore the connection between gender, identity and embodiment on the one hand, and power and politics around gender on the other.

Specific module aims:
To investigate constructions of gender from a variety of theoretical perspectives
To situate understandings of gender in an historical and cultural perspective
To examine the social organisation of gender and concepts of patriarchy
To consider the implications of constructions of gender for understanding and responding to gender inequalities
To develop an awareness of the role of social movements, in particular feminist, gay and lesbian movements, in challenging concepts of gender and their material effects.
To analyse the relationship between concepts of gender and sexuality

Outline Of Syllabus

The module begins with introductions to how gender has been conceptualised and theorised in the literature. It then turns to questions of gender identity and the experience of gender, embodiement, sexuality and reproduction. The topic of gender relations introduces the third part of the module which is concerned with the power and politics of and around gender.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1100:00100:00Assessment preparation and reading for lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading164:0064:00Seminar preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce students to key concepts in understanding gendered power relations in their historical and cultural contexts, as well as an understanding of the role of social movements in challenging and transforming notions of gender and their material effects.
Seminars are designed to provide students with structured tasks and readings, which form the basis for extended debate and critique. Students also have the opportunity to debate case studies through the use of videos/worksheets on issues relevant to essay topics. Seminar questions, to help in the preparation of reading material will be listed for each seminar topic in advance. Seminar structure may be varied according to patterns of learning.
Private study includes preparation for lectures and seminars and preparation for completing the assignments.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50Unseen
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M50Essay of 2,000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MOptional essay plan of max. one page for the first essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

SOC2038 will test different ways of learning through essays and exams, split 50-50 between the two. The optional formative piece of work will enable students to gain feedback on their progress prior to submission.

An assessed essay encourages students to read widely around a topic and critically engage with the literature. Writing an essay will also teach students how focus upon and order the material that they have read around a particular question. Students will also be expected to both explain and apply a range of perspectives and theoretical arguments to the question.

An examination assesses students’ broader understanding of the module without the immediate support of academic texts and within a specific time frame. Students are encouraged to develop their own revision strategies and manage their time carefully in order to revise effectively. This includes reading widely and being able to apply material to the question set. The examination tests students overall absorption of course material and the appropriation of this material in their own words.

Reflecting moves to standardize a resit assessment strategy within GPS, the resit will be 100% formal examination. Duration 3 hours.

Reading Lists