Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. understand key debates over the extent to which gender and sexuality are socially constructed
  2. be familiar with and able to utilise key concepts and frameworks for analysing gender relations in a range of settings
  3. understand the transformative projects of feminist and sexual liberation/rights movements.
  • Topics
    • 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
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit 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.

This subject covers normative and theoretical perspectives on sex and gender - and why these matter for life, happiness and justice. The perspectives are examined through topics including: gender and nature; science of gender difference; masculinities; divisions of paid and unpaid work; politics of sexuality; gender and security; and gender and development. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own gendered positions and to link the personal and familiar with the political and structural.

  • Assignment 1 - Major Essay (55%)
  • Assignment 2 - Participation (15%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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