Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Teresa Crew
Overall aims and purpose
Gender is an integral part of the public and private lives of individuals and societies. In its narrowest sense, gender means socially constructed sex, be it female or male. However, since the 1970’s there has been a noticeable transition so that gender now refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, and attributes that society considers appropriate for men and women (WHO, 2014).
This module focuses on the private/public spheres, the body, media, gender identity, masculinity, ethnicity, disability and class. It will pose questions such as:
• What are the dominant constructions of masculinity and femininity? How inclusive are these?
• Does the ‘glass ceiling’ still exist? Or is there an invisible curriculum of male socialization that influences them to earn more?
• Twerking - cultural appropriation or appreciation?
• Is there a crisis of masculinity? Or just narrow definitions of what it is to be male?
• Are the Kardashian sisters, Madonna and Beyonce feminist icons?
• Why are fewer boys and men going to university?
• Do standards of beauty discriminate?
• Should there be quotas/incentives to encourage more males or females into specific careers or positions of power?
• Four waves of feminism and is housework still a female preoccupation?
Weekly workshops will investigate the historical, social and individual significance of gender in various contexts e.g. the home, the workplace and in terms of education and employment as well as gender differences and the translation of difference into inequality will be addressed. Workshops will also focus on gender in relation to the media, crime and culture
Shows comprehensive knowledge of the field and its background; can critically review evidence; communicates effectively through variety of media. Offers discussion of gaps in the literature.
Shows a detailed knowledge of the field and approach and its distinctiveness from other sociological approaches. Can provide a good analysis of literature in the field and can communicate effectively about its usefulness.
Shows basic awareness and of theoretical concepts and methods of analysis; able to produce rudimentary analysis of materials; meets set tasks and obligations.
To be active learners, exploring concepts and ideas in relation to different perspectives.
Communicate in group situations and in written work regarding the effects and assumptions about sex and gender in specific areas of social life.
Become familiar with major strands of theories about sex and gender in contemporary society.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Students will be expected to read and or watch TV programmes or films before each workshop so that they can contribute in the workshop discussion.
Students will be expected to read up before or after each workshop so that they can contribute in discussion.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- LL3M: BA Cymdeithaseg & Health and Social Care year 3 (BA/CHSC)
- M931: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice with International Exp year 4 (BA/CJIE)
- M930: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice year 3 (BA/CRIM)
- LXH3: BA Childhood Studies/Sociology year 3 (BA/CSS)
- LXL3: BA Childhood Studies/Social Plcy year 3 (BA/CSSP)
- LL13: BA Sociology/Economics year 3 (BA/ECS)
- LQ3J: BA English Lang. & Sociology year 3 (BA/ELSOC)
- LM52: BA Health & Social Care / Criminology & Criminal Justice year 3 (BA/HSCCCJ)
- LL53: BA Health & Social Care/Sociology year 3 (BA/HSCS)
- LL54: BA Hlth & Scl Care/Social Policy year 3 (BA/HSCSP)
- LP33: BA Media Studies and Sociology year 3 (BA/MSSOC)
- LL5K: Polisi Cymdeithasol & Health and Social Care year 3 (BA/PCHSC)
- CL83: BA Sociology/Psychology year 3 (BA/PS)
- L300: BA Sociology year 3 (BA/S)
- LM40: BA Sociology & Criminology & Crim Just with International Ex year 4 (BA/SCJIE)
- LM39: BA Sociology and Criminology & Criminal Justice year 3 (BA/SCR)
- 3L3Q: BA Sociology and English Literature year 3 (BA/SEL)
- LV31: BA Sociology/History year 3 (BA/SH)
- 8Y70: BA Sociology (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/SIE)
- LQ31: BA Sociology/Linguistics year 3 (BA/SL)
- L402: BA Social Policy year 3 (BA/SOCPOL)
- LL34: BA Sociology and Social Policy year 3 (BA/SOCSP)
- LL14: BA Social Policy/Economics year 3 (BA/SPEC)
- LV41: BA Social Policy/History year 3 (BA/SPH)
- CL84: BA Social Policy/Psychology year 3 (BA/SPP)
- LVH2: BA Welsh History/Sociology year 3 (BA/WHS)
- LQ35: BA Cymraeg and Sociology year 3 (BA/WS)
- M1L4: LLB Law with Social Policy year 3 (LLB/LSP)
- M932: MSocSci Criminology & Criminal Justice year 3 (MSOCSCI/CCJ)
- L302: MSocSci Sociology year 3 (MSOCSCI/S)
- L403: MSocSci Social Policy year 3 (MSOCSCI/SP)