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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SOC2022 Module Title: SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOC2022
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: CRONIN AC Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern
Two essays of approximately 2000 words (25% each) and an examination (50%)
Module Overview

This course will examine the culturally and socially varied meanings attached to being female or male in contemporary society and the outcome of being assigned to one or the other gender within concrete social practices. The use of historical, contemporary and cross-cultural material, alongside an international perspective, will highlight the processes of change and development in the position of women and men in society.


Module Aims
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should:


1) Have a critical understanding of a wide range of theoretical perspectives, which seek to explain the social construction and organisation of gender.


2 Will understand the way in which gender interacts with other social divisions.


3) Have gained a theoretical and empirical understanding of the social organisation of gender relations within a global context.



Module Content

Sex, gender, theory and difference


Topics covered include: historical overview of the position of women and men in society, the conceptualisation of femininity and masculinity; feminist theory, theorising masculinity, and gender and other social divisions.

The social organisation of gender relations


Topics covered include: childhood, education and training, relationships, love and romance, the family, marriage and parenthood, work, globalisation, religion, and cultural representations of women and men.

Social control, power and resistance           


Topics covered include: violence against women, political representations of men women and men, the women’s movement and global politics.


Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures and classes
Selected Texts/Journals

Selected References


P. Abbott, C. Wallace & M. Tyler (2005) An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives, Routledge.


J. Butler (2005) Gender Troubles. Routledge Classics.


N. Charles (2002) Gender in Modern , Open University Press


R.W. Connell  (2005) Masculinities, Polity Press


M. Mac an Ghaill (ed.) (1996) Understanding Masculinities, Open University Press


M. Holmes (2008) Gender and Everyday Life, Routledge.



Last Updated
September 2010