Sexuality, Gender and Globalisation

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Clare Hemmings Pankurst House.11.01J


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Gender (Sexuality). This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict, MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict (LSE & Sciences Po), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and UCT), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and USC), MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Human Rights, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Women, Peace and Security and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. 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. 15 hours of lectures and 20 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.

Clare Hemmings, ed. (2014) 'Sexuality Section', Mary Evans et al, eds, Handbook of Feminist Theory (London: Sage).

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);

Susan Stryker and Talia M. Bettcher (eds.), (2016) “Trans/Feminisms” [Special Issue] TSQ 3(1-2).

Omise'eke Tinsley (2018) Ezili's Mirrors: Imagining Black Queer Genders (Durham: Duke UP)



Essay (50%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Other (30%) in the LT.
Other (20%) in the MT.

The two other assessments will be:

A paper, which will be given at a student conference at the end of LT, including the previous submission of a 300-500-word abstract (30%)

A critical evaluation of a cultural event (public lecture; exhibition; performance; conference) in London, submitted at the end of MT, of 2000 words (20%)

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 30.9
Merit 58.2
Pass 10.9
Fail 0

Teachers' comment

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2017/18: 23

Average class size 2017/18: 9

Controlled access 2017/18: 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