From Me to We: Understanding Gender, Sexuality and Romantic Relationships

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
26 April 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

Our social identities, self-expression and relationships with others are a fundamental part of the human experience. This module will take a scientific approach to understanding gender, sex, sexuality, and intimate relationships, and consists of two parts.

In the first half of the module, we will examine how we come to understand our gender/sex and sexuality and how this influences our attitudes, behaviours, and interactions with others. We will also discuss stereotypes regarding sex/gender and sexuality and how these can perpetuate discrimination.

In the second half of the module, we will examine how relationships form, what binds them together, and what might lead to their dissolution. We will discuss how much of "me" we bring into our relationships compared to how much relationships change our sense of self. Finally, we will discuss what makes relationships such an important area of study: how they impact and influence our lives.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide an overview of the foundations of the psychological science of gender/sex, sexuality and romantic relationships;

  • To provide students with the opportunity to explain, interpret, and evaluate systematic research, which means discussing findings that may not necessarily reflect views that people have about these topics based on past experience;

  • To enhance critical thinking about these important aspects of human psychology;

  • To enable students to express their own insights into these topics and be co-producers of learning in the classroom.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the difference between lay theories (e.g., pop-psychology) and empirically based tests of social psychological theories of gender/sex, sexuality and relationships.

  2. Describe the different ways in which social identity, self-expression and relationships shape, and are shaped by, self-concepts and situational factors.

  3. Discuss topics and theories related to social psychological research in these areas and their implications for psychology, the self, and society.

  4. Be actively engaged in learning.

Module information

This module includes four types of coursework due throughout the term: Learning Goals Assessment, Online Discussion Forum; Participation and Engagement; and, Advice Column.

The learning goal assessments include three short assessments due at the beginning, middle, and end of term. Students are asked to identify their goals at the beginning of term, reflect on their progress, and reflect on their goal attainment at the end of term.

The online discussion forum includes a total of 4 question prompts that change fortnightly. Students are randomly assigned to a team at the beginning of term with whom they discuss the question prompt and associated readings and lecture content.

The participation and engagement activity asks students to self-reflect over the course of the module on (a) the methods they used to prepare for the week’s content/activities, (b) how prepared they were for the week's content/activities, (c) how this preparation affected their engagement.

The advice column is a single paper that asks students to respond to two question prompts (on per module topic) set by the instructors. The tone of the paper should be accessible to a general audience but students must draw on a combination of the materials presented in class, assigned readings, and their own external research. This assessment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the module content, as well as develop their scientific communication skills.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour lecture per week.

The lectures will consist of an introduction to each topic of the module. Lectures will be interspersed with brief videos highlighting specific topics or issues discussed in class. Lectures may also include break-out sessions where students will have the opportunity to discuss the assigned readings in small groups, and as a class.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Advice Column    75% 
Coursework   Participation    5% 
Coursework   Learning Goals Assessment    5% 
Coursework   Online Discussion Forum    15% 

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 Veronica Lamarche, email:
Dr Veronica Lamarche



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

Disclaimer: The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its Module Directory is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to programmes, modules, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to modules may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery or assessment of modules and other services, to discontinue modules and other services and to merge or combine modules. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications and module directory.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.