MA Human Rights - Law/Political Science Pathway (Standard Route)

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Theories of Gender and Sexuality

Course unit fact file
Unit code SOCY60992
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course will:

  • Review several developments in social, political, philosophical, and cultural theories of gender and sexuality
  • Evaluate the form and structure of theoretical arguments from different disciplinary perspectives
  • Asses the ways in which ideas are produced and distributed through processes grounded in the material working practices of academia and publishing, including those of reading and writing
  • Encourage graduate students to exchange ideas and critical responses to theories of gender as members of a seminar group.

Aims

  • To review several developments in social, political, philosophical, and cultural theories of gender and sexuality
  • To evaluate the form and structure of theoretical arguments from different disciplinary perspectives
  • To assess the ways in which ideas are produced and distributed through processes grounded in the material working practices of academia and publishing, including those of reading and writing
  • To encourage graduate students to exchange ideas and critical responses to theories of gender as members of a seminar group.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, successful students will be able to:

  • discuss and engage with key texts within recent theories on gender and sexuality
  • place debates around gender and sexuality in their historical and theoretical contexts

In addition, the students will develop and build on:

  • critical reading skills
  • ability to discuss and engage with texts
  • ability to develop coherent, structured arguments

Teaching and learning methods

10 x weekly 1 hr lecture & 10 x weekly 1 hr seminas

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a 3,000 word assessed essay (100%)

Non-assessed essay plan (0%)

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jessica Mancuso Unit coordinator

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