SO458      Half Unit
Gender and Societies

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Abeera Khan, STC S217


This course is available on the MSc in Gender (Sexuality), MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Political Sociology and MSc in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course has a limited number of places (it is controlled access). Places are allocated based on a written statement. Priority will be given to students on the MSc in Gender (Sexuality), MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Political Sociology and MSc in Sociology. This may mean that not all students who apply will be able to get a place on this course.

Course content

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


This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, online materials and seminars totalling a minimum of 20 hours in the MT.

Reading Weeks: Students on this course will have a reading week in MT Week 6, in line with departmental policy

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.

An electronic copy of the assessed essay, to be uploaded to Moodle, no later than 4.00pm on the second Thursday of Lent Term.

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

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

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