Module Details

SC510-7-AU-CO: Gender, Sexuality And Feminist Theory

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Year: 2016/17
Department: Sociology
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Róisín Ryan-Flood
Teaching Staff: Róisín Ryan-Flood
Contact details: Michele Hall, Graduate Administrator, Telephone 01206 873051, Email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The main aim of the course is to consider the sociologically significant developments around the study gender, sexuality and intimacy. It explores contemporary sociological issues and the implications of feminist and queer theory as a means of analysis for a range of sociological topics, including kinship, citizenship, globalization, digital intimacies, the body and modes of difference.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture topics will include:
Theorising Intimacy; Queer feminism;
New Reproductive Technologies; Gender, Sexuality and Visual Culture; Digital Intimacies; Sexuality and Globalization; and Researching Intimate Life.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


One essay of approximately 5000 words


  • You should look at one of the following basic prescribed texts for this course.
  • Plummer, K. (2003) Intimate Citizenship: Private Decisions and Public Dialogues. Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • Seidman, S., Fischer, N. & Meeks, C. (Eds.) (2011) Introducing the New Sexuality Studies (2nd edition). London: Routledge.
  • Sullivan, N. (2003) A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory. New York: New York University Press

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