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Undergraduate Modules

Modules on gender and feminist theory are offered across a range of undergraduate programmes in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, including: BA Arts (Joint Honours); BA in New Media and English; BA in English and History; BA in Psychology and Sociology; BA in History, Politics, Sociology, and Social Studies; and BA in Economics and Sociology. The modules offered at undergraduate level allow students to focus on gender and feminist perspectives within their degree programmes. Modules currently on offer include:

This module introduces students to key issues in contemporary women’s writing through a historically-grounded analysis of women’s fiction from the 1960s to the present day. Topics to be covered include: the feminine mystique and women’s post-war fiction; motherhood and the politics of reproduction; working-class women’s fiction; woman-centred and feminist fictions; the confessional narrative and lesbian fiction; black and diasporic women’s writing; fantasy, science fiction and detective fiction; post-modern fiction.

This module combine feminist theory and the analysis of literary texts. Students are introduced to key issues in feminist literary theory and criticism, and have the opportunity to test these theories in relation to a range of women’s writing. Topics covered include: histories of feminist literary criticism; psychoanalytic perspectives on gender, identity and writing; questions of ‘race’, ethnicity and sexuality; post-modern feminism and “gender trouble;” autobiography and self-writing. Literary texts will be drawn from a variety of cultural locations; possible authors for discussion include Kate Chopin, Toni Morrison, Jamaica Kincaid, Virginia Woolf, and Carolyn Steedman.

This module equips students with a critical understanding of key concepts in gender studies and feminist thought and how these are informed by, and challenges mainstream sociological enquiry. It offers in introduction to the main sociological perspectives on gender; key debates in feminist theory; debates in the study of masculinity; and perspectives of substantive topics such as work and care in the context of these frameworks. The module also examines the operation of gender divisions across national and transnational social contexts and their articulation with other major social divisions such as class, sexuality, ethnicity and ‘race’.

Focusing on Sociological understandings of Popular Culture this module’s key themes include Feminist perspectives and the pornography/erotica debate; feminism, pleasure and power; Mulvey and visual culture; psychoanalytic and French feminist perspectives; the high culture/ pop culture debate; the Frankfurt school; Bourdieu and culture; post-structuralist perspectives; cyborg feminisms and technological culture; Queer theory and popular culture; nationalism, transnational feminisms and representation.

This module addresses critical theoretical approaches to multiculturalism and how multiculturalism constructs cultural difference in gendered ways; it offers a comparative approach by considering different gendered cultural practices and specific national approaches to multiculturalism, individual and group rights; it develops a framework for understanding how questions and understandings of gender structure the ways in which multiculturalism is imagined and discussed. The aim is to identify the ways in which gender is mobilised to constitute cultural differences and in the construction of the national belonging and the ‘other’.

This module is concerned with: defining inequality and social exclusion; examining different approaches to measuring inequality and social exclusion and the implications of these for diversity; locating issues of inequality and social exclusion within discourses such as “citizenship” and “equality”; analysing class, gender and racial divisions and exploring their continued significance as a bases for both social exclusion and inequality.