Module details for 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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 126
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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