Sexuality, Gender and Globalisation

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Clare Hemmings COL.5.01C


This course is available on the MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Health, Community and Development, MSc in Human Rights and Master of Laws. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

‘Sexuality, Gender and Globalisation’ takes a case-study approach to questions of sexuality, gender and culture (in the first term) and to sexuality in the contexts of globalization (in the second). The full unit considers a variety of ways in which sexuality is central to any understanding of the social world. It is an interdisciplinary course within which feminist and critical race perspectives are used to interpret particular sexual phenomena and contexts – rights, citizenship, fertility, representation, kinship, asylum and technology, for example. . The course will allow a thorough grounding in sexuality and gender studies and includes a high element of student participation. Although it is interdisciplinary, it does not have a pre-requisite.


15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

Formative coursework

One 2500 word critical analysis to be submitted at the beginning of week 8 (MT); submission of draft abstract for conference presentation by the beginning of week 6 (LT).

Indicative reading

Jacqui Alexander (2006) Gay Tourism: Culture and Context (Binghamton, NY:Haworth Press)

Sonia Correa et al (2008) Sexuality, Health & Human Rights (New York: Routledge)

David L Eng (2008) ‘Transnational Adoption and Global Woman’, Studies in Gender and Sexuality 7. 1: 49-59.

Kamala Kempadoo (2004) Sexing the Caribbean: Gender, Race and Sexual Labour (New York: Routledge).

Eithne Luibheid (2006) 'Sexual Regimes and Migration Controls: Reproducing the Irish Nation-State in Transnational Contexts', Feminist Review, 83: 60-78.

Jasbir Puar (2007) Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Durham: Duke UP);

Mitra Rastegar (2013) ‘Emotional Attachments and Secular Imaginings: Western LGBTQ Activism on Iran’, GLQ 19. 1: 1-29.

Diane Richardson (2000) ‘Constructing Sexual Citizenship, Theorising Sexual

Rights’, Critical Social Policy 20. 1: 105-135.

Laura Ann Stoler (1995) Race and the Education of Desire (Durham: Duke University Press);


Essay (70%, 5000 words) in the ST.
Presentation (30%) in the LT.

The presentation, which will be given at a student conference, includes the submission of a 300-500-word abstract.

Student performance results

(2013/14 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 25.8
Merit 51.6
Pass 19.4
Fail 3.2

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2015/16: 21

Average class size 2015/16: 8

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication

Course survey results

(2013/14 - 2014/15 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 100%



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