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Module SXS-3040:
Gender Perspectives

Module Facts

Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

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. Students will have a chance to earn weekly XP points for completing various voluntary tasks.

We will debate topics such as:

• Do discussions of the gender pay gap ignore an invisible ‘curriculum’ of male socialization that explains why men earn more?

• Twerking - cultural appropriation or appreciation?

• Is there a crisis of masculinity?

• Are the Kardashian sisters, Rhianna and Beyonce feminist icons?

• Why are fewer boys and men going to university?

• Do standards of beauty discriminate?

Course content

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

Assessment Criteria


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.

Learning outcomes

  1. To be active learners, exploring concepts and ideas in relation to different perspectives.

  2. Communicate in group situations and in written work regarding the effects and assumptions about sex and gender in specific areas of social life.

  3. Become familiar with major strands of theories about sex and gender in contemporary society.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
  • Discuss an area that men and women still need to achieve equality This should be written as an article in the style of The Conversation

Essay related to contemporary gender issues


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study 164

One hour drop in session x 12


Two hour workshops x 12


Transferable skills

  • 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: