Language and Gender

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
09 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

This module approaches the study of language and gender from a number of different angles. Focusing on linguistic research investigating gender differentiated patterns of language, the representation of gender in language, and the construction of gender identity through language. In particular, we review and critically discuss the findings of research within the quantitative sociolinguistic paradigm, findings from research that focuses on gender differentiation at the level of discourse/conversation and findings from research on language and power.

Module aims

Aims and Objectives
• To introduce the students to some of the major issues in the study of language and gender.
• To review the empirical evidence, and to learn how to interpret data and discern patterns.
• To highlight problems in methodologies and analyses, and how these can influence, or have influenced, our view of the issue.
• To learn to use empirical evidence to construct informed arguments.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:
1) critically evaluate different approaches to investigating gendered language use
2) use a range of linguistic tools and techniques in order to investigate how gender identity can be constructed through language use
3) apply an enhanced understanding of sociolinguistic perspectives and principles on language use, change and variation, including language attitudes and ideologies, to studies in language and gender

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly 2-hour lecture


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1    30% 
Coursework   Assignment 2    70% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marisa Brook, email: marisa.brook@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Marisa Brook
marisa.brook@essex.ac.uk, Room 4.207, Number 2286



External examiner

Dr Sam Christian D'Elia
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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