Gender, Sexuality, Culture module (HU21001)

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Module code


  • Level 2
  • Semester 1
  • School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%


This introductory survey of gender studies and sexuality aims to inform students of the main origins, topics, and concerns within the wide field of gender and sexuality studies today. Through a combination of different types of texts, including theory, history, comics, film, and literature, the key debates and streams will be given voice. The relations of gender and sexuality to race, class, and the environment will all be explored.


Dr. Jason Hartford


Weekly topics may reflect some student input but will generally include:

  • What is gender?
  • Feminist philosophies
  • Sex, gender, and sexuality — what they all might mean
  • Transgenderism, intersex, and heteronormativities
  • “Deviant” sexualities in history
  • Queer theory, in/visibility, and performance
  • Comics and minority sexualities
  • The Lavender Screen
  • Fiction, memoir, and creative writing as documentation
  • Intersections with race, class, and the environment
  • Interactions with medical science and technologies


  • 45% Assessed Task (short essay of c. 1500 words)
  • 45% Assessed Task (short essay of c. 1500 words)
  • 10% Assessed activity (weekly activities / worksheets set by seminar instructor)

Intended learning outcomes

  • A deeper understanding of the political and economic variances in the experience of modern Africa since World War II
  • A knowledge of the various academic debates which surround the themes covered in the module
  • An understanding of how the international community has influenced the course of Africa's history, and to a lesser extent, vice versa
  • An awareness and knowledge of the continent's history and shared experiences which have profoundly affected African politics today
  • The ability to relate specific case studies and examples of political change to broader thematic issues
  • The ability to actively participate in seminars, either individually or in groups, and to offer their opinions
  • The ability to utilise and analyse a wide-range of sources, and to effectively engage with what is often a fiercely debated literature