Sociology of Sexualities

The details
Sociology and Criminology
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
20 June 2024


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Module description

The prime concern of this module is to provide an introduction to sexuality studies. A theoretical background of constructionism will be used. Term two looks at contemporary developments through citizenship, globalisation, heteronormativity, and gender.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  •  to consider the sociologically significant developments around the study of sexuality, rights and citizenship, including changes in lesbian and gay equality.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Gain an insight into sociology of sexualities.

Module information

Provisional Overview:

  • Introducing Queer Theory

  • Sexuality and feminism

  • Queering Kinship: Rethinking Transgression

  • Sexing Citizenship: Sexual Dissidence and the Nation-Stat

  • Homo Economics: Sexuality, Employment and the Pink Economy

  • Sexuality and Space: Beyond the Queer Metropolis

  • The Heteronormative Gaze: Contemporary Queer Representations

  • Sexuality and Globalization

  • Researching Sexualities: Notes from the Field

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be taught in the format of a weekly lecture followed by a class. In the first session we will develop our arrangements for work during the term. Typically there will be a lecture followed by a discussion and some student presentations.


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   Essay    100% 

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
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Roisin Ryan-Flood, email:
Dr Róisín Ryan-Flood



External examiner

Dr Paul Gilbert
University of Sussex
Senior Lecturer in International Development
Dr Emily Gray
University of Warwick
Assistant Professor of Criminology
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).


Further information
Sociology and Criminology

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