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This subject explores diverse scenes, sites and spaces of gender as they occur in contemporary life and culture. It will draw on key theories and approaches to gender to study sexual difference and sexuality in relation to real world contexts including culture, home, education, media, politics, public and private institutions, and the law. The subject will provide Gender Studies students with the opportunity to reflect on, expand and synthesize the rich skills base from the Humanities and Social Sciences which they have cultivated during their studies. Additionally it offers an essential forum for discussion about how these skills can productively be applied in the professional workplace. This includes a consideration of how having a background in Gender Studies will enable potential future leaders in the workplace to challenge and counter discrimination and prejudice, to institute cultures of change and to champion Human Rights. The subject will feature regular guest lectures by arts, community, industry, and public sector leaders.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Consistently demonstrate high level analysis, conceptual sophistication and critical thinking in gender theory and analysis
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of gender studies
- Engage with broader debates on gender and sexuality with an awareness of the wider community
- Understand pathways to the workforce, professional life or continued study in gender studies
- Be able to contextualise their learning in terms of the wider discipline of gender studies
- Have a firm grasp of national and international debates on specific contemporary issues and complex problems connected with sex and gender in contemporary societies
- Be able to apply an independent approach to knowledge that Use rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values
- Be able to work with independence, self-reflection and creativity to meet goals and challenges in the workplace and personal life
- Be able to communicate the knowledge gained through the subject effectively in a range of oral and written formats.
Last updated: 13 November 2023