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BA in Sociology with Specialism in Gender Studies

How does gender, (a society’s ideas about masculinity and femininity), shape the social world you live in, your identity and desires, and the relationships and experiences you will have throughout your life? This elective specialism allows students to develop a critical understanding of key concepts of feminist thought and the ways these are informed by, and inform, sociological enquiry; a sensitivity to the pervasiveness of gender divisions and their articulation with other major social divisions, such as class, sexuality or 'race’; and an ability to situate this understanding internationally, with a knowledge of the different forms that these articulations may take in specific cultural and historical contexts.

Structure by year

You will follow the BA Sociology degree, including the specified core degrees, and your choice of optional modules for each year up to 120CATS* in total. The list below shows the number of CATS, (credits towards your degree), which are optional for each year as part of your BA Sociology degree. To claim your specialism in Gender Studies you will complete 60CATS worth of modules, and a 30CATS dissertation in this specialist area. Please see the box below for example modules in this specialism.

(*Example: 30CATS of optional modules - is the equivalent of two term-long modules or one year-long module.)

Please note: these modules are indicative of offerings in 2017/18 and may be subject to change.

1st Year modules:

2nd Year modules:

3rd Year modules:

  • Dissertation (CORE) (Specific to Specialism)
  • 90CATS of Optional modules

Optional modules for the Specialism in Gender Studies

To claim your specialism in Gender Studies you will choose 75CATS worth of modules, (including a 30CATS dissertation) in this specialist area. The options currently available for the 2017/18 year which could be chosen for the Gender Studies specialism, are listed below and are indicative of the type of module list which could be available in future years.

First year:

Second year:

Third year:


Further information

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What is a specialism?

You will be able to choose from one of six elective specialisms and this elective specialism can be added to your final degree title.

The elective specialism can be chosen to concentrate on an area of particular interest, or with a view to preparing for postgraduate study or entry to a particular field of employment. You will be taking a minimum of four modules related to the specialism and your dissertation project will explore research in the relevant specialism.