Module code: SOC2095

Module Overview

This module deconstructs societal understandings of gender and explores cultural and social divisions in contemporary society. It draws upon feminist theory to contextualize shifts in thinking about gender and the complex multi gendered world in which we live. The module considers multiple intersections alongside gender as well as how sex, bodies, and masculinities/femininities impact the ways in which people become gendered.

Module provider


Module Leader

HUBBARD Katherine (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Understanding gender;
Gender and other social divisions and other social divisions;
Conceptualising femininity and masculinity;
Feminist theory;
The social organisation of gender.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 1500 WORDS 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Summative assessment:

Critique of an Article (1000 words) (50%)

Essay (1500 words) (50%)


Formative assessment:

Weekly seminars sessions where feedback is provided throughout. Opportunities where they are given feedback via interactive and engaged seminar sessions.


Students will receive ongoing weekly feedback in seminar sessions, cumulating in an assessment week to support the Article Critique. Formal feedback will occur within 3 semester weeks of the deadline and be supplied in advance of the second assignment. Both assignments have the weeks dedicated to the opportunity for feedback in the form of individual tutorials. 

All three learning outcomes are assessed by both assignments.

Module aims

  • To evaluate different theoretical perspectives with respect to gender divisions in society
  • To explore the social organisation of gender relations in key institutions
  • To recognise issues relating to gender, social control, power and resistance

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate critical engagement with a wide range of theoretical perspectives concerning the social construction of gender
002 Explain how gender concerns interact with other social divisions
003 Evaluate the sociological impact of both theoretical and empirical representations of gender in contemporary contexts

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is based around engaging and varied delivery methods in addition to student reading and classroom activities including peer working.

There will be 11 x 2 hour sessions consisting of both lecture and seminar discussion.
Weekly reading and seminar preparation.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media and Communication BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.