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This subject introduces ideas developed in feminist theory about the social and political construction of areas of experience relating to the body, gender and sexuality. Issues analysed in the subject include transsexualism, reproduction, eating disorders, pornography, sex work, sexual violence and sexual orientation. Students who complete this subject should be able to understand the ways in which issues connected with the body and sexuality are socially and politically constructed, understand the ways in which the construction of masculinity and femininity affects the learning and regulation of such areas of experience, and apply a variety of feminist approaches to the analysis of these issues.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Be able to show understanding of key concepts in feminist political theory;
- Be able to use these concepts to critically analyse issues;
- Be able to explain the ways in which issues connected with the body and sexuality are socially and politically constructed;
- Be able to demonstrate qualitative research skills, drawing upon empirical and theoretical scholarship in the social and political sciences.
Last updated: 24 November 2021