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SO4072: SEXUALITIES AND GENDER DIVERSITY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 19 Jul 2022 13:00


Course Overview

This course provides students with theoretical and empirical understanding of sexualities and gender diversity in contemporary societies, paying particular attention to the historical conditions that have shaped how we conceptualise and experience sexualities and genders today. By mapping interconnections between wider power relations, and individual identities and bodies, it examines the intersectional ways in which sexualities and gender diversity are expressed, represented, and regulated. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Sone Erikainen

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Sociology (SO)
  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • SO4572 Sociology of Sexualities and Gender Diversity (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

The course focuses on the theoretical and empirical connections and relationships between wider social power relations and individual expressions and embodiments of sexuality and gender diversity. It will introduce students to feminist, queer, and decolonial theories and approaches to the social and cultural study of sexuality and gender, by examining major historical developments and contemporary examples of the diverse manifestations of sexual and gendered lives and bodies. Key topics and issues that are covered encompass the scientific and medical regulation and colonial legacies of sex, gender, and sexuality; the relationships between sexuality, gender, and the nation; and the emergence and contemporary manifestations of sexual and gender identities, including queer, trans, and non-binary identities. The course will also critically explore new and emerging gendered and sexual technologies and how sexualities and gender diversity might be imagined and (re)configured for the future.

The course enables students to gain understanding of the importance of sexuality and gender as lived realities and as organising structures of society and culture, while building knowledge of the processes that underpin social and cultural change around sexual and gendered identities and power relations. Through class discussions, exercises, and course assessments, students will gain an appreciation of competing theoretical perspectives around sexuality and gender, and how these can be applied to a range of empirical manifestations and examples of sexualities and gender diversity in different contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop their skills in critical thinking and analysis as well as understanding social problems and challenges pertaining to sexualities and gender diversity.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Reflective Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 12 Feedback Weeks 15

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Feedback

Feedback will be providing within three weeks of submission in writing and, upon student request, further feedback will be provided via in person or online one-to-one meeting.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyStudents will learn to critically interpret and apply key concepts and theoretical approaches to empirical phenomena and social problems around sexualities and gender diversity.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will gain understanding of key concepts and theoretical approaches within the social study of sexualities and gender diversity.
FactualRememberStudents will become familiar with social power relations, institutions, historical developments, processes underpinning social change around sexualities and gender diversity in the contemporary world
ReflectionAnalyseStudents will gain skills to present, discuss and reflect on their own and others’ interpretations of social phenomena and processes around sexualities and gender diversity in a well-reasoned way.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
Assessment Weeks 17 Feedback Weeks 20

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Feedback will be providing within three weeks of submission in writing and, upon student request, further feedback will be provided via in person or online one-to-one meeting.

Word Count 3500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will learn to critically analyse and assess empirical evidence, theoretical approaches, and the relationship between the two within the social study of sexualities and gender diversity.
ConceptualApplyStudents will learn to critically interpret and apply key concepts and theoretical approaches to empirical phenomena and social problems around sexualities and gender diversity.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will learn to critically evaluate existing arguments and construct their own sociological arguments about empirical and theoretical perspectives on sexualities and gender diversity.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will gain understanding of key concepts and theoretical approaches within the social study of sexualities and gender diversity.
FactualRememberStudents will become familiar with social power relations, institutions, historical developments, processes underpinning social change around sexualities and gender diversity in the contemporary world

Formative Assessment

Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Formative Weighting 0
Assessment Weeks 15,16 Feedback Weeks 17

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Feedback

Feedback will be providing by week 12 in writing and, upon student request, further feedback will be provided via in person or online one-to-one meeting.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will learn to critically analyse and assess empirical evidence, theoretical approaches, and the relationship between the two within the social study of sexualities and gender diversity.
ConceptualApplyStudents will learn to critically interpret and apply key concepts and theoretical approaches to empirical phenomena and social problems around sexualities and gender diversity.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will learn to critically evaluate existing arguments and construct their own sociological arguments about empirical and theoretical perspectives on sexualities and gender diversity.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will gain understanding of key concepts and theoretical approaches within the social study of sexualities and gender diversity.
FactualRememberStudents will become familiar with social power relations, institutions, historical developments, processes underpinning social change around sexualities and gender diversity in the contemporary world
ReflectionAnalyseStudents will gain skills to present, discuss and reflect on their own and others’ interpretations of social phenomena and processes around sexualities and gender diversity in a well-reasoned way.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed element(s)

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback will be providing within three weeks of submission in writing and, upon student request, further feedback will be provided via in person or online one-to-one meeting.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberStudents will become familiar with social power relations, institutions, historical developments, processes underpinning social change around sexualities and gender diversity in the contemporary world
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will gain understanding of key concepts and theoretical approaches within the social study of sexualities and gender diversity.
ConceptualApplyStudents will learn to critically interpret and apply key concepts and theoretical approaches to empirical phenomena and social problems around sexualities and gender diversity.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will learn to critically analyse and assess empirical evidence, theoretical approaches, and the relationship between the two within the social study of sexualities and gender diversity.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will learn to critically evaluate existing arguments and construct their own sociological arguments about empirical and theoretical perspectives on sexualities and gender diversity.
ReflectionAnalyseStudents will gain skills to present, discuss and reflect on their own and others’ interpretations of social phenomena and processes around sexualities and gender diversity in a well-reasoned way.

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