GS40110 Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; The Politics of Belonging

Academic Year 2024/2025

Gender, sexuality, and the body are central tenets of sociocultural and political inclusion/exclusion which intersect with power, privilege, oppression, commodification and desire, governance, and belonging. In this module, we look at how disparate theories of gender and sexuality intersect with discussions about citizenship, state formation, inclusion/exclusion, race, ethnicity, medicine and bio-citizenship, censorship, and political culture. We will look at the body and sexuality as a site of reproduction, work, class, race, shame, and pleasure and as a locus of both social/political control and subversive agency and resistance. We will also look at the shifts in understandings of gendered, racialized, classed, and sexualized bodies and at campaigns undertaken by feminists and others to disempower/dismantle patriarchal controls of the body. This module will be taught by Dr Mary McAuliffe.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:
Understand the ongoing debates concerning theories of power, gender, sexualities, and be able to engage in discussion of these
Demonstrate the ability to critically engage with key concepts in the study of the body, sexuality, and power as a gendered process
Present scholarly ideas and engage in discussion.
Write a scholarly essay to a standard appropriate to level 4 students.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will provide participants with opportunities to study

Gender and feminist theories of the body, sexualities, and intersections of power.

* understand and theorise the body, sexuality and power
* understand both the historic and contemporary contexts in which power operates on the body and sexualities
* understand the gendered nature of power in relation to the body and sexualities, systems of control, marginalisation and institutionalization, and concepts of the body.
* Develop critical and reflective thinking, effective use of a variety of source materials, ability to produce coherent, clear, and rigorous oral and written arguments, and, also, the ability to work with and learn from others

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
this module is delivered over 10 weeks, it will be in-person lectures, readings, videos, and other modes of delivery. All material will remain online on Brightspace, to download when participants can. Each week the 2-hour session will be a combination of an online lecture and workshop/seminar. The seminar component will involve students working in groups on case studies of particular themes relevant to Gender, Sexuality, and the Body 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

an interest in gender analysis

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Reflective Assignment: This will be a journal type assessment reflecting on the first four weeks of lectures, readings and learning Week 4 Graded No


Reflective Assignment: Critical reading assignment, a critical reading of a self-selected text from the module reading list – (800 words) Week 8 Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): End of semester essay - 3,000 word end of term essay Week 15 Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

- Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment - Feedback individually to students, post-assessment - Group/class feedback, post-assessment