Core Module Information
Module title: Sexuality and Gender

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC09105
Module leader: Fiona McQueen
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module - Introduction to Sociology 1
Examples of

Description of module content:

Social and historical approaches to gender and sexuality will be examined in relation to the theoretical developments of these topics.
Modern and postmodern theories of gender and sexuality will be evaluated with particular reference to femininity, masculinity and sexual differences.
This module will focus on specific aspects such as pornography, sex work and intersectionality, with a primary focus on how power operates within gender and sexuality.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Elucidate the significance of gender and sexuality in relation to their social, historical, political and cultural contexts.
LO2: Critically assess key sociological theories in this area.
LO3: Critically assess key sociological research in this area.
LO4: Evaluate factors which influence contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Fiona McQueen
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO1-4 – Each taught input uses a variety of audio-visual resources, discussion and class exercises (in lectures) designed to engage students in the theoretical material being presented and foster student engagement. Tutorials combine guidance from the tutor in relation to set readings, peer support in discussing and exploring the significance of set readings, and group presentations (when running one tutorial) for the rest of the tutorial group. Short, weekly summaries of readings are embedded in tutorials in order to enhance scholarly skills. Students choose their own video topic in order to empower their learning experience and facilitate deep learning. Small group work will increase student’s communication skills and develop their ability to precis and synthesise ideas further contributing to deep learning.
LO2 – The ability to assess a range of theoretical perspectives and to construct an argument will develop students’ critical, scholarly skills and empower them in terms of creating succinct and well informed arguments.
LO 1,4, – These will contribute to students’ understanding of social diversity and encourage them to be more aware of and respectful of alternative attitudes enhancing their ability to work with a range of social agents.
LO3 - will contribute a current understanding of gender and sexuality research

Formative Assessment:
Assessment 1: A plan will be submitted of 500 words for the recorded presentation content to ensure this contains sufficient current research.

Assessment 2: An essay plan of 500 words will be submitted in week 9 to be commented on to ensure an argument has been formulated and content is appropriate to the essay

Summative Assessment:
Assessment 1: A recorded presentation (video) will be submittedon Moodle in week 7 that will constitute 30% of the grade for this module. the recorded presentation will be between 4 to 5 minutes long and will present a summary of research on a topic related to gender and/or sexuality chosen by the student.

Assessment 2: An essay of 3,000 in length will constitute 70% of the grade for this module. The topic of this assessment is to sociologically assess a media source (tv program, film, book etc) for its gender and sexuality content. The focus of the essay should be on critically engaging with sociological theoretical and research material in the areas of gender and sexuality to construct an argument about the way gender and sexuality are presented in the chosen media source.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 3 7 HOURS= 0:04, WORDS= 3000
Essay 70 1,2,4 12 HOURS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC09105 Sexuality and Gender