Race, Gender and Global Capitalism (015IRS)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Who cleans the middle-class world? What does it mean to decolonise gender and sexuality? Should the nuclear family be abolished?

In this module, we focus on how 'race is the modality in which patriarchy is lived' (Françoise Vergès). Bringing together anticolonial, queer, indigenous and black feminist approaches, we study how race, sex and gender have been central to the development of global capitalism.

Topics covered include:

  • the witch hunts and the colonial policing of sexuality
  • enslavement and the violence of (un)gendering
  • sex work
  • surrogacy
  • migrant domestic labour
  • trans liberation
  • reproductive justice and revolutionary care.



100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: 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 2024/25. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: