Subject details

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. critically appraise the sex-gender distinction
  2. identify and employ different theoretical approaches to sex, gender and sexuality
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and class
  4. translate learning into policy recommendations to promote gender equality
  5. communicate clearly and coherently, both orally and in writing.
    • Sex and gender
    • Gender and nature
    • Science of gender difference
    • Masculinities
    • Paid work
    • Housework
    • Politics of sexuality
    • Sexualisation/pornification
    • Gender and heroics
    • Gender and development
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MUR-POL216


Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area. Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA subjects) at Level 1 before enrolling in this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as POL216 Sex and Gender Matters.

The subject explores theoretical approaches to sex, gender and sexuality - especially feminist approaches and those influenced by feminism and its transformative politics. Students are invited to critically examine: biological theories of sex, gender and sexuality; feminist contributions to social and political theory and social change; and how gender equality is best promoted in policy and practice. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own gendered positions, and to link the personal and familiar with the structural and political.

  • Major Essay (40%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Critical Review (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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