NS5404: Gender, Culture and Society

NS5404: Gender, Culture and Society

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Gender, Culture and Society
Module Code NS5404
Module Tutor Charlotte Parker
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

In this module gender will be used as an analytical approach to the social sciences and social life.  It aims to examine the diverse ways in which femininities and masculinities are constructed and culturally represented in society by different groups at different times.  The relationships between gender, sex and sexuality will be interrogated. Explanations for continuities and changes in sexual divisions will be considered.

Indicative Syllabus

Gender as a visible and invisible category

Constructions and consequences of gender in everyday life e.g. education, labour market and mass culture

Gender as an analytical approach to social issues e.g. crime, health, family ‘breakdown’

Masculine and feminine identities: stereotypes and challenges

Sexualities and gender

Feminist movements and men’s movements:  facts and fictions

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to: 

  1. Examine concepts of gender and appreciate their complexity
  2. Apply theoretical perspectives to analyse gender in social life 
  3. Evaluate the range of evidence used to construct sociological argument in this field
  4. Evaluate their own experiences of gender
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Assignment: Individual: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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