Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Theory

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Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
16 May 2019


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Module description

This module explores contemporary sociological issues and the implications of feminist and queer theory as a means of analysis for a range of sociological topics, including kinship, citizenship, globalization, digital intimacies, the body and modes of difference.

Module aims

The main aim of the course is to consider the sociologically significant developments around the study gender, sexuality and intimacy.

Module learning outcomes

The module considers the rise in the ‘sexualisation of culture’ and its implications for the study and theorising of gender, sexuality and visual culture more widely

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Lecture topics will include: Theorising Intimacy; Queer feminism; New Reproductive Technologies; Gender, Sexuality and Visual Culture; Digital Intimacies; Sexuality and Globalization; and Researching Intimate Life.


  • Paasonen, Susanna; Nikunen, Kaarina; Saarenmaa, Laura. (2007) Pornification: sex and sexuality in media culture, Oxford: Berg.
  • Cho, Sumi; Crenshaw, Kimberlé Williams; McCall, Leslie. (2013-06) 'Toward a Field of Intersectionality Studies: Theory, Applications, and Praxis', in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. vol. 38 (4) , pp.785-810
  • Phillips, A. (2013) 'Does the Body Make a Difference?', in Gender, agency and coercion, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ryan-Flood, Róisín; Gill, Rosalind. (2010) Secrecy and silence in the research process: feminist reflections, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Attwood, F. (2006) 'Sexed Up: Theorizing the Sexualization of Culture', in Sexualities. vol. 9 (1) , pp.77-94
  • Gill, Rosalind; Scharff, Christina. (2011) New femininities: postfeminism, neoliberalism and subjectivity, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gilbert Herdt. (1994) 'Notes and Queries on Sexual Excitement in Sambia Culture', in Etnofoor: Stichting Etnofoor. vol. 7 (2) , pp.25-41
  • Jagose, Annamarie. (1996) Queer theory: an introduction, New York: New York University Press.
  • Young, Iris Marion. (2005) 'Lived Body vs. Gender: Reflections on Social Structure and Subjectivity', in On female body experience: "Throwing like a girl" and other essays, New York: Oxford University Press., pp.12-26
  • Rahman, Momin; Jackson, Stevi. (2010) 'The development of sociological thought on gender and sexuality', in Gender and sexuality: sociological approaches, Cambridge: Polity.
  • Gill, Rosalind. (2009) 'Beyond the 'Sexualization of Culture' Thesis: An Intersectional Analysis of 'Sixpacks','Midriffs' and 'Hot Lesbians' in Advertising', in Sexualities. vol. 12 (2) , pp.137-160
  • Ashenden, S. (2013) 'Reproblematising Relations of Agency and Coercion: Surrogacy', in Gender, agency and coercion, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Phillips, Anne. (2010) 'When Culture Means Gender: Issues of Cultural Defence in the English Courts', in Gender and culture, Cambridge: Polity., pp.83-106
  • Newton, Esther. (1993) 'My Best Informant's Dress: The Erotic Equation in Fieldwork', in Cultural Anthropology. vol. 8 (1) , pp.3-23
  • Jessica Ringrose; Laura Harvey; Rosalind Gill; Sonia Livingstone. (2013) 'Teen girls, sexual double standards and ‘sexting’: Gendered value in digital image exchange', in Feminist Theory. vol. 14 (3) , pp.305-323
  • Herdt, G. (2011) 'Notes and Queries on Sexual Excitement in Sambia Culture', in Sexualities in anthropology: a reader, Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell. vol. Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Ryan-Flood, Róisín. (c2009) Lesbian motherhood: gender, families and sexual citizenship, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Weston, Kath. (1993) 'Lesbian/Gay Studies in the House of Anthropology', in Annual Review of Anthropology. vol. 22, pp.339-367
  • Dustin, M.; Phillips, A. (2008) 'Whose agenda Is It?: Abuses of women and abuses of `culture' in Britain', in Ethnicities. vol. 8 (3) , pp.405-424
  • (2015) The 'Irish' family, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Reilly, Niamh. (2009) Women's human rights: seeking gender justice in a globalizing age, Cambridge: Polity.

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 Weighting
Coursework essay (4,000-5,000 words ) 13/12/2019 100%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Róisín Ryan-Flood
Michele Hall, Graduate Administrator, Telephone 01206 873051, Email:



External examiner

Prof Jacqui Gabb
The Open University
Professor of Sociology and Intimacy
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 22 (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).


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