Gender and Society

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Suki Ali S216


This course is available on the BSc in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, BSc in Social Policy and Sociology, BSc in Sociology and Diploma in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

The course will explore the meaning of gender in contemporary society. It considers gendered relations of power and the articulation of gender with other kinds of social difference such as 'race', class and sexuality. A variety of theoretical perspectives will be applied to a number of substantive issues of contemporary concern.

Indicative topics are: gender and sexuality; the body; families; employment; violence; nation and citizenship; multiculturalism; reproductive technologies; globalisation; sex work; representation; body modification.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 4 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to prepare one essay per term and at least one class paper per term which will be written up and handed to the class teacher.

Indicative reading

S Jackson & S Scott (Eds), Gender, London and New York: Routledge, 2000; H Mirza (Ed), Black British Feminism: A Reader, London and New York: Routledge, 1997; R. Parker and P. Aggleton (eds.) Culture, Society and Sexuality: A Reader (2nd edn), 2007; D Bell & J Binnie, The Sexual Citizen: Queer Politics and Beyond, London: Polity, 2001; P Abbott & C Wallace, An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives (3rd edn), 2005; R W Connell, Gender and Power, 1987; Littlewood, B Feminist Perspectives on Sociology. Essex: Pearson Education. 2005; I Grewal & K Caplan (Eds), An Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World; M Mac an Ghaill, Understanding Masculinities, 1996; The Polity Reader in Gender Studies, 1994; J M Alexander & C T Mohanty (Eds), Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures, London & New York: Routledge, 1997; Essed et al, A Companion to Gender Studies, 2005; C Wright & G Jagger (Eds), Changing Family Values, London & New York, 1999

A more detailed reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2012/13: 31

Average class size 2012/13: 16

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication