SOC07013 2017 Gender and Sexuality

General Details

Full Title
Gender and Sexuality
Transcript Title
Gender and Sexuality
100 %
Subject Area
SOC - Sociology
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rose Banaghan-Sesta, Dr. Jacqueline O'Toole
Programme Membership
SG_HJOIN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics SG_HJOIN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics SG_HJOIN_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics

The aim of this module is to enable students to think critically about current constructions of gender and sexuality both in a national and international context. The module will also provide students with an opportunity to examine gender and sexuality in the context of professional practice.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Analyse various discourses of gender and sexuality


Examine gendered identities as social constructions


Analyse gendered norms and gendered practices


Examine contemporary body related issues


Investigate gender and sexuality issues in professional practice


Explore personal attitudes, views and values in an open, safe and anti‑oppressive environment

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Class discussion, reading, small group activity


Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment [100%]

Assessment strategy will include written assignments: personal reflection and critical assessments of contemporary theory and practice.


Repeat Assessments

As above

Indicative Syllabus

Conceptualising gender and sex: 

  • Examine theoretical differences between gender and sex by exploring such discourses as social constructionism, biological determinism and postmodernist performativity
  • Ealuate discourses of 'femininity' and 'masculinity'
  • Analyse representations of gendered and sexualised identities in mainstream advertising
  • Identity formation
  • Examine cultural influences ‑ gender norms and gendered practices
  • Explore the concept of sexual differences
  • Explain the discourses and debates surrounding representations of gender and sexuality in the media

 Gender, sexuality and the body: 

  • Analyse contemporary theories of the gendered and sexualised body
  • Examine contemporary body related issues such as anorexia, bulimia, dieting, healthy bodies

Gender and sexuality in professional practice:

  • Examine the practical issues that emerge in professional environments with regard to gender and sexuality
  • Explore personal attitudes, views and values in an open, safe and anti‑oppressive environment 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Cultural Analysis Continuous Assessment Individual Project 50 % Week 9 1,2,3,6
2 Textual Analysis Continuous Assessment Assignment 50 % Week 13 4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Flat Classroom Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Alsop, R. (2002) Theorizing gender. Oxford: Polity.

Anderson, K.J. (2014) Modern misogyny: ant‑feminism in a post‑feminist era. New York: Oxford University Press.

Barry, K. (1995) The prostitution of sexuality . New York: NYU Press.

Beasley, C. (2005) Gender and sexuality: critical theories, critical thinkers. London: Sage.

Beynon, J. (2002) Masculinities and culture. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Bordo, S. (2003) Unbearable weight: Feminism, western culture and the body . Berkely: University of California Press. 2nd edition

Bray, A. (2014) Misogyny Re‑Loaded. North Melbourne: Spinifex Press.

Brownmiller, S. (1986) Femininity. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Butler, J. (1993) Bodies that matter: on the discursive limits of sex. London: Routledge.

Clare, A.W. (2000) On men: masculinity in crisis. London: Arrow.

Coates, J. (ed.) (1998) Language and gender: a reader. Oxford: Blackwell.

Connell, R. (1987) Gender and power: Society, the person and sexual politics . Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Connell, R. (1995) Masculinities. Cambridge: Polity.

Dines , D. (2011) Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. Boston: Beacon Press.

Gauntlett, D. (2008) Media, gender and identity: an introduction. New York: Routledge.

Gay, R. (2014) Bad feminist. New York: Harper Perennial.

Gill, R. (2007) Gender and the media. Cambridge: Polity.

Hearn, J. and D. Morgan (eds.) (1990) Men, masculinities and social theory. London: Unwin Hyman.

Holmes, J. (ed.) (2003) The handbook of language and gender. MA: Blackwell.

Jackson, S. and S. Scott (2002) Gender: A sociological reader. London: Routledge

Kimmel, M. (2004) he gendered society. New York: Oxford University Press. 2nd edition

Kiraly, M. and Tyler, M. (eds.) (2015) Freedom fallacy: the limits of liberal feminism. New York: Connor Court Publishing.

Leane , M. and Kiely , E. (eds.) (2014) Sexualities and Irish Society: A Reader. Dublin: Open Press.

Levenson , E. (2009) The Noughtie Girl's Guide to Feminism. London: Oneworld Publications.

McAuliffe , M., McAvoy , S., Redmond , J. and Tiernan, S. (2015) Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press.

Maguire , E. (2008) Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity. Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company.

Murphy, P.F. (ed.) (2004) Feminism and masculinities. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

O’ Connor, P. (1998) Emerging voices. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration.

O’ Toole, E. (2015) Girls will be girls: dressing up, playing parts and daring to act differently. London: Orion.

Seidman, S. (ed.) (1996) Queer theory/sociology. Oxford: Blackwell.

Share, P. and Lalor, K. (eds.) (2013) Applied social care: an introduction for Irish students. 3rd ed. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.

Summers , A. (2013) The Misogyny Factor. Sydney: UNSW Press.

Whitehead, S.M. (2002) Men and masculinities: key themes and new directions. Cambridge: Polity.

Wilson , G. (2015) Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction. Margate: Commonwealth Publishing.

Additional Information

Detailed Readings to be indicated in class.