Sexuality, Gender and Globalisation

This information is for the 2015/16 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 Global Politics (Global Civil Society), MSc in Health, Community and Development and MSc in Human Rights. 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 a broad range of sexual formations in relation to nation and globalization (in the second). The full unit considers a variety of ways in which sexuality is central to the social sciences in today’s globalised world. Theoretical approaches will be woven through the course via case study material so as not to provide a false opposition between example and approach. The course will allow a more thorough grounding in this area than the half unit, and will include a high element of student participation and group work. It is interdisciplinary but does not have a pre-requisite.


15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 15 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)

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

Cindy Patton & Benigno Sanchez-Eppler, Eds (2000) Queer Diasporas (Durham: Duke University Press);

Jon Binnie (2004) The Globalization of Sexuality (London: Sage);

David Evans (1993) Sexual Citizenship: The Material Construction of Sexualities (New York: Routledge);

Laura Agustin (2007) Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry (London: Zed Books);

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

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


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 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 26.7
Merit 33.3
Pass 33.3
Fail 6.7

Key facts

Department: Gender Institute

Total students 2014/15: 16

Average class size 2014/15: 6

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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

Course survey results

(2013/14 combined)

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

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 100%



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