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Module

MCH2071 : Sex, Sexuality and Desire

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Chris Haywood
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and interest in a wide range of issues and topics that surround sex, sexuality and desire. Fundamentally, the module aims to encourage students to apply a critical literacy to explore the knowledge, meanings and understandings in this area.

The module is likely to include a number of themes but is not limited to: erotic retail, BDSM, advertising, sex tourism, sex addiction, sex and technology, sex crime, recreational sex, fetishes, history of sex, the psychology of sex.

Although this module is located within media and cultural studies, it draws upon a wide range of perspectives and disciplines to offer students the opportunity to explore the impact of cultural contexts on some of the more intimate and private aspects of our lives. More specifically, the module considers the ways that society, culture and individuals transform what we know, understand and experience as sex, sexuality and desire. At the core of the module is a question of whether the changes around sex, sexuality and desire are creating new sexual possibilities or are they simply reinforcing existing inequalities and differences that have traditionally shaped sex, sexuality and desire.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will normally explore, but may not be limited to the following themes: introduction to sex, sexuality and desire, sexual psychology, sex research, sexuality and technology, media representations of sexual deviance, global sex tourism, contemporary sexual cultures

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Present-in-person on-campus lectures. Can be delivered online if necessary.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials51:005:00Non-synchronous online lecture materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion179:0079:00Preparation time for the Portfolio and Essay
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading127:0027:00Reading associated with the weekly themes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00On-campus seminars. Can be delivered online if necessary.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities61:006:00Specific documentaries to watch in preparation for the on-campus seminars.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00End-of-module support for the assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study154:0054:00Reading and note-taking
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module involves different styles of teaching and learning in order to deliver the learning outcomes. The delivery of the module is based on the delivery of two-hour lectures. Supporting materials in the shape of the non-synchronous learning Sways will be provided to students fortnightly. These learning Sways may be supported by a number of different present-in-person activities that could include exploring reactions to videos, worksheet learning, unstructured drop-ins, creative practice and designing research projects. Not only are these designed to enhance student learning and reinforcement of the key ideas, themes and issues, the present-in-person activity designed to support students with the development of their portfolio assessment. The module will also offer focused support by offering an online drop-in session that will be scheduled at the end of the module. Finally, the first three weeks provide the scaffolding for further, in-depth, discussion of sex, sexuality and desire. The module then requires students to watch a number of documentaries. These documentaries are required viewing in advance of the on-campus seminars. These documentaries will enable students to develop confidence and background understanding of a number of the themes being discussed on the module.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A60Essay, 2000 words
Portfolio2M40A collation of four components: Research Plan; Interview schedule; Advert design; Newspaper analysis
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will allow students to research and write about a specific area of sex, sexuality and desire. It is anticipated that this work will offer a detailed analysis and understanding of a variety of approaches in this area. Students will be expected to choose an essay title that corresponds to items of the syllabus.

The portfolio will enable students to build up a body of work that will enable the module leader to evaluate student learning and strategically intervene to provide feedback on students' developing knowledge and understanding.

Reading Lists

Timetable