SO458      Half Unit
Gender and Societies

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Suki Ali S216


This course is available on the MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Political Sociology, MSc in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies, MSc in Social Research Methods and MSc in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The course introduces theoretical debates and contemporary issues in the sociological study of gender. Topics include femininities/masculinities; sexualities; nation and family; work; education; violence; transnational feminism; politics, representation. NB topics may change slightly from year to year.


30 hours of seminars in the MT.

Indicative reading

Narayan, U and Harding, S Decentering the centre: philosophy for a multicultural, postcolonial and feminist world Bloomington:Indiana University Press 2000; Butler, J Gender Trouble London and New York: Routledge 1992 and Bodies that Matter London and New York: Routledge1993 Marshall, B and Witz, A (eds) Engendering the Social: Feminist Encounters with Sociological Theory. Buckingham: Open University Press. 2004; Ahmed, S Differences That Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1999; Nicholoson, L (ed.) The Second Wave: A Reader in Feminist Theory. London and New York: Routledge 1997;. Abelove, et al, The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, Routledge, 1993; J Alexander & C T Mohanty, Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures, New York, Routledge, 1997; Edwards and Wajcman The Politics of Working Life, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2005. A more detailed reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.


Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the LT.

Two hard copies of the assessed essay, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S219A, no later than 16:30 on the second Thursday of Lent Term. An additional copy to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day.

Attendance at all seminars and submission of all set coursework is required.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 17.3
Merit 57.7
Pass 25
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2012/13: 20

Average class size 2012/13: 22

Value: Half Unit

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