Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POC3097: The Politics of Gender, Sex and Sexuality

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to:

  1. Provide you with a thorough grounding in, and critical appreciation of, the diversity of feminist political thought
  2. Introduce you to queer theory and intersectionality.
  3. Investigate the significance and contribution of these theories to Political thought, research and practice.
  4. Apply these theories to a range of current political debates related to gender and sexuality.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate an in-depth awareness of the diversity of feminist thought, queer theory and intersectionality
2. Understand, summarise and interpret complex and abstract arguments in Politics;
3. Critically discuss theories in relation to current political debates related to sex, gender and sexuality.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. identify and discuss the major concepts deployed in a theory and their argumentative articulation;
5. engage in both sympathetic interpretation and reasoned criticism of such theories;
6. evaluate different interpretations in the light of appropriate evidence;
Personal and Key Skills7. evaluate ideas, arguments and texts;
8. write essays which demonstrate appropriate communications skills;
9. take a critical attitude to your own work