SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3L323126
Module Leader Nancy Lombard
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module content allows for the exploration of key theoretical issues concerning gender and sites of gender inequalities The aim of this course is to explore understandings of gender as both a social construct and an organising category in social life. To this we will explore the impact of gender upon social structures, relationships and experiences. During the course you will begin to challenge 'common sense' understandings of gender using theoretical frameworks and real life examples. The module content encourages critical theoretically informed examination of contemporary social issues, specifically relating to gender inequality in particular, the family, reproduction and motherhood; education; work and the economy; gender-based violence; law and social control and the media and representations. Summary of how PRME-related issues / topics are covered in this module : The values of global social responsibility linked to gender equality Engagement with conceptual and empirical research through lectures, wider critical reading and the research experience of staff The facilitation of dialogue and debate on issues of gender inequality


The syllabus will be divided into 2 blocks Block 1 Introduction to Theoretical Concepts Gender Theories Feminisms Masculinities The intersection of gender with other social divisions (class, 'race' and ethnicity, sexuality) Block 2 Sites of Gender Inequalities The Family, Reproduction and Motherhood Education Work and the Economy Law and Social Control Gender-based Violence Media / Representation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:Evaluate the main theoretical approaches and conceptual issues relating to genderDemonstrate awareness and understanding of the main gender distinctions inherent in the structure and processes of societyIdentify the main sociological debates and explanations concerning the construction and representation of and resistance to gender. Apply these debates and explanations in a critical examination of gender relationships.Critically understand how gender as a social construct and as an organisational structure has led to the creation and sustaining of gendered inequalities

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching and learning is informed by a blended learning strategy designed to develop skills associated with critical thinking, independent learning and group co-operation. Lectures will be delivered by the module leader or guest lecturer. Readings for lectures and seminars will be posted online via GCU Learn with associated exercises.

Indicative Reading

Books and articles: Alsop, Rachel, Fitzsimons, Annette, Lennon, Kathleen (2002) Theorizing gender : an introduction, Cambridge: Polity Press Bradley, H. (2013) Gender, Cambridge: Polity Press Braham, P. & Janes, L. (eds) (2002) Social differences and divisions Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Butler, J. (1990) Gender Trouble. London: Routledge. Charles N., (2002) Gender in modern Britain, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Connell, R. W. (1987) Gender and Power Stanford: Stanford University Press Connell, R. W. (1995) (2005) Masculinities Cambridge: Polity Press Connell, R. W. (2000) (2001) The Men and The Boys Cambridge: Polity Press Connell, R. W. (2002) Gender Cambridge: Polity Press Holmes, M. (2007) What is Gender? : Sociological Approaches, London: Sage Jane, P. & Whelehan, I. (2004) Fifty key concepts in gender studies, London: Sage Frosh , S., Phoenix, A. and Pattman, R. (2002) Young Masculinities: Understanding Boys in Contemporary Society London: Palgrave Lombard, N. and McMillan (eds.) (2013) Violence Against Women: Current Theory and Practice in Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence & Exploitation Research Highlights in Social Work, Jessica Kingsley Publications Walby, S (1997) Gender Transformations, London, Routledge Online sources: Key journals: Gender and Society Feminist Review Journal of Gender Studies Gender and Education Men and Masculinities Violence Against Women Gender and Education

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Ability to work independently and in groups Construct theoretical arguments using evidence based knowledge Critical thinking Time management IT literacy Information retrieval and bibliographical skills Poster design and presentation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Presentation
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Essay2000 words