Approaches to Gender, Culture and Society

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Semester Two 2020-21

This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender and involves teaching staff from a range of different disciplines including English, History, Philosophy and Fine Art. Each year it focuses on two core themes such as, for example, Gender and Sexuality, Gender and Race or Gender and Representation. However, the themes may be modified from year to year depending on staff availability and enthusiasms.

The module is available to any student on any Humanities pathway, subject to the approval of the relevant pathway co-ordinator. Where appropriate, it may also be taken by postgraduate students from other Schools in the University.


This module is taught by two-hour weekly seminars.

Assessment is entirely by coursework:

  1. one 1,500 word essay (35%) and

  1. either

a second 3,500 word essay (65%)


a creative project (65%) (The creative project will comprise a creative output (65%) and a written component of 1,500 words (35%).)

The module aims to provide students with:

  • an ability to analyse constructions of gender in primary sources, including texts and visual images
  • a deepened understanding of the gendering of theoretical debates
  • an increased understanding of the ways in which constructions of gender have interacted with, shaped, and been shaped by key social and cultural transformations
  • an ability to relate different approaches within an interdisciplinary context
  • an enhanced capacity for analysis, critical argument and independence in thought and research
  • enhanced skills of written and oral communication

Convenor: Professor Perry Willson