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Bodies, genders and sexualities are at the heart of many contemporary social, cultural and political debates. Bodies in the plural are the focus of this subject - fat bodies and perfect bodies and trans bodies and leaky bodies, for example - and are analysed through a discussion of contemporary social research and an exploration of visual depictions (including advertising, film, music videos, photography). This subject examines the nature of debates around bodies, genders and sexualities, questioning the how, why and the politics underpinning them.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Have acquired a broad understanding of theoretical trajectories related to the study of gender, culture and bodies;
- possess an appreciation of the key concepts in gender studies and contemporary feminist theories of gender and the body;
- demonstrate a developing capacity to think critically and evaluate arguments concerning gender, sexuality, culture and the body;
- be aware of processes of knowledge production and the historical, political and cultural conditions to which this is linked;
- be intellectually engaged in the discipline of gender studies;
- be familiar with national and international debates on specific contemporary issues and complex problems connected with sex, gender, bodies and culture in contemporary societies;
- have interacted with peers in small, productive and collaborative learning environments.
Last updated: 30 July 2023