Sociology of Gender and Sexuality


To provide students with a sociological understanding of gender and gender relations.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of: 1.The social construction of gender and sexuality. 2. The relationship between gender and sexuality. 3. The way in which unequal social relations are produced and reproduced through gender and sexual identity.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which gender and sexual identity is socially produced.

2.  Evaluate the ways in which we, as gendered subjects, 'do' gender and sexuality.

3.  Some understanding of the ways in which gender relations are reproduced across a range of social actions and practices.

4.  A critical understanding of the making of modern gender and sexuality.

Indicative Content

1 History of Gender and Sexuality

Traces the development of the making of modern gender and sexuality

2 The Social Construction of Gender and Sexuality

Critique of gender and sexuality essentialism, the construction of modern gender relations and categories of sexuality.

3 Masculinity

Hegemonic masculinity, the universal man and the masculine other.

4 Motherhood, Femininity & the Private Sphere

Ideal motherhood, middle class femininity and the other.

5 Gender and Sexuality in the modern World

Gender and Sexuality in the modern World

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students are taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars. Seminar classes are based around the completion of core readings. Before the seminar class, all students must complete the requisite readings for that class and be ready to fully participate in small group discussions. The seminars seek to develop students¿ critical reasoning, problem solving, group work and communication skills which are key skills necessary for the development of Graduate Attributes. Whereas the lectures provide students with a broad overview of the subject areas thereby giving them the confidence to fully participate in group discussion and be successful in their independent studies. The module is assessed through a 2000 case study and a 2 hour exam.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 126

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.