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 120 CATS 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.
1st Year modules:
- History of Sociological Thought (CORE)
- Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World (CORE)
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences 1 (CORE)
- Researching Society and Culture (CORE)
- Race and the Making of the Modern World (CORE)
- Sociology of Gender (CORE)
- 30CATS of Optional module(s)
2nd Year modules:
- Designing and Conducting Social Research (CORE)
- Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research (CORE)
- Modern Social Theory (CORE)
- 75CATS of Optional modules
3rd Year modules:
Optional modules for the Specialism in Gender Studies
To claim your specialism in Gender Studies you will choose 90CATS 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 will be available in future years.
- International Perspectives on Gender (15CATS)
- Bodies, Property and Politics (15CATS)
- Becoming Yourself: The Construction of the Self in Contemporary Western Societies (15CATS)
- Transformations: Gender, Reproduction and Contemporary Society (30CATS)
- Feminist Pedagogy Feminist Activism (15CATS)
What is a specialism?
You will be able to choose an elective specialisms and this elective can be added to your final degree title. You select these once you are already here and studying by following a pathway of optional modules and completing a dissertation in the relevant area. Selections of specialisms are confirmed at the beginning of your third year, so you can try a number of topics before choosing this route.
The electives 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.