Sociology

Gendering the Life Course

Module code: L3093
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

The module aims to develop sociological thinking about inequalities, especially those relating to gender, as they emerge across the life course. Through engaging with key moments in the life course (including birth and the ascription of gender identity; childhood and education; sexual reproduction, parenting and families; paid and unpaid work; illness and health; old age) the module will build on your own experiences and observations to encourage the growth of a sociological imagination. Throughout the module, key theoretical frameworks will be explored as well as a series of concrete cases and problems in which researchers applying such theories to issues around gender difference in relation to key issues in social policy, health, education and psychology. By the end of the module you should have gained an understanding of gender and the concept of inequality and be able to provide critical accounts of the links between gendered social relations, cultural settings and individual behaviour and experiences.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key theoretical approaches in the sociology of gender
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the way gender differences are formed and represented at key points across the life course.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of empirical material as evidence on gender experiences
  • Use theoretical accounts of how, why and when gender differences and inequalities emerge to analyse such differences in at least three life course contexts in writing and in an oral presentation