MSc Gender (Sexuality)

This interdisciplinary degree programme foregrounds the relevance of theory to transnational issues of representation, sexual activism and legal frames.

The 2-term core course asks students to situate themselves within ethical and intellectual debates in sexuality and gender studies

Overview

The degree engages with relevant debates within the field of contemporary gender and sexuality studies from a feminist, queer and/or intersectional perspective. This interdisciplinary degree programme foregrounds the relevance of theory to transnational issues of sexual activism and legal frames and introduces students to a range of ways of thinking about new developments in the field such as trans* politics and arguments about ‘sexualisation of culture’. The 2-term core course asks students to situate themselves within ethical and intellectual debates in sexuality and gender studies, and supports students to develop their own research agenda.

Key approaches taught on the core course include:

  • the relationships among sexuality, gender and colonialism
  • feminist, queer, trans* and bisexual theories
  • representation and the meaning of the erotic
  • transnational and post/de-colonial debates about sexuality
  • theories of sexual and gendered rights and citizenship
  • literatures on sexual freedom and constraint

Students will take these (and others) up to explore some of the following case studies:

  • pornography and sexualisation of culture
  • heterosexuality and the family
  • sex work and sex tourism
  • abortion and reproductive constraint/freedom
  • LGBT asylum and migration
  • adoption and reproductive tourism
  • sexual and gendered identities and communities

Faculty

Clare Hemmings

Head of the Department of Gender Studies and Professor of Feminist Theory

Clare has been working in the department since 1999.

Expertise: Interdisciplinarity; feminist epistemology and methodology; transnational sexuality studies; feminist theory; anarchism; Emma Goldman. 

Jacob Breslow

Teaching Fellow in Transnational Sexuality and Gender Studies

Jacob’s research analyses the shared terrain of feminist, trans, queer, anti-racist, and psychoanalytic theories and world building projects.

Expertise: Feminist and queer theory, transfeminism, critical race studies, sexuality and power, representation, affect, cultural production, childhood, psychoanalytic theory.

Leticia Sabsay

Assistant Professor in Gender and Contemporary Culture

 Leticia joined LSE in September 2014. Her work interrogates the entanglement between sexuality, subjectivity and the political as processes of cultural translation, both across disciplines and transnational contexts.

Expertise: feminist and queer theory, subject formations, performativity, bodies and sexuality, citizenship and postcoloniality, psychoanalytic theory, theories of discourse, visual cultures and media

Emma Spruce

Teaching Fellow in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights

Her research explores the intersections of sexual geography, narrative studies, feminist theory, and queer theory.

Expertise: Feminist and queer theory, queer geography, LGBT historicism and queer memory, LGBT asylum, gentrification, sensory ethnography.