Global Opportunities

SOC3045 : Regulating Sexuality

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In this module students analyse social, legal, and scientific control and regulation of sexual norms. This is done through detailing historical and contemporary sites of cultural and political struggle over sexual practice and identity. We also explore the social, political, cultural and economic contexts to changes in forms of regulation.

In doing so we consider both contemporary and historical debates over sexuality using both empirical and theoretical tools. We will look at topics such as the sexual revolution, gay rights, sex, prostitution, abortion, sexual norms, sex and travel and marriage.

Specific, the module aims to:
. Analyse social, legal and scientific control and regulation of ‘sexual norms’
. Examine detailed historical and contemporary sites of cultural and political struggles over sexual practice and identity
. Explore the social, political, cultural and economic contexts to changes in forms of regulation
. Consider both contemporary and historical debates over sexuality using both empirical and theoretical tools

Outline Of Syllabus

In this module students analyse social, legal, and scientific control and regulation of sexual norms. This is done through detailing historical and contemporary sites of cultural and political struggle over sexual practice and identity. The module explores the social, political, cultural and economic contexts to changes in forms of regulation. We consider both contemporary and historical debates over sexuality using both empirical and theoretical tools.

The lectures cover a number of themes: key ideas in sociological approaches to sexuality, the Victorian period and sexuality, the sexual revolution of the 1960s, Gay Liberation and Feminist movements in the 1970s, HIV and AIDS 1980s-present, Queer Action and Queer Theory 1990s, sexuality and religion, heterosexuality, sex and travel, marriage and civil partnerships. The lectures cover the historical era from 1880 - Present day.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00PIP and timetabled
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1137:00137:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PIP, timetabled seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops51:005:00Timetabled workshops, online only
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are designed to introduce students to patterns of regulation and theoretical approaches to understanding regulation and change, whilst allowing students to discuss and explore a range of ideas and develop insights that are relevant to their assessments.

Seminars are designed to provide students with structured tasks and readings, which form the basis for extended debate, group work (where possible) and critique. Students also have the opportunity to pursue unanswered questions and issues relevant to assessment topics. The structure of seminars will vary to allow different patterns of learning. Online workshops will support assessment, academic and idea development.

Workshops are designed to allow students to prepare for assessments in discussion with the module leader and workshops will be framed around preparing for assessments.


Private study includes preparation for workshops and seminars and preparation for completing the assessments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502000 words
Portfolio2M502000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment one: An essay, the essay will draw from the first three weeks of the module and the key and important themes explored within these lectures and workshops that give a solid foundation to the rest of the module.

Assessment two: The portfolio (referred to as a dossier in the module handbook) address knowledge from all of the lecture and workshop topics and the themes that have emerged from them. The dossier draws from the skills students have obtained by this point to encourage them to carry out library/online/media based research and present their findings in an innovative and theoretical manner. It requires them to develop the format of the report and develop their own researching strategies for the exercise. The report also addresses the themes of the module rather than simply the components of it.

Reading Lists

Timetable