Sex, Work and Reproduction (609L5)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You will explore the links between sex, work and reproduction in contemporary society.

This module integrates the separate spheres of reproduction (private) and ‘work’ (public). Taking cues from feminist and social reproduction theory, you interrogate the network of social processes and human relations that produce the ‘need’ for work, conditions of sex and ‘desirable’ reproduction.

In particular, we’ll theorise how gender, race and class are intertwined with these processes. We’ll ask whether Marxist theory adequately accounts for gender and race oppression as structurally relational-to and shaped-by capitalism, rather than as an add-on to class-based analysis.

You’ll explore the mental, physical and emotional work involved in the maintenance of life under capitalism, through themes like:

  • sex work
  • desire and dating
  • abortion
  • domestic labour
  • trans pregnancy
  • queering parenting
  • intimate violence.

We take an interdisciplinary approach, intended to appeal to students from across the humanities and social sciences.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.