Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3097: The Politics of Gender, Sex and Sexuality

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • History of feminism - from early modern feminist thought to present day
  • Feminist political thought 1
  • Feminist political thought 2
  • Queer theory
  • Intersectionality debates
  • Cultural relativity and universalism: key debates
  • Gendering and queering politics
  • Gender ‘mainstreaming’
  • Gender and political behaviour
  • Politics, Media and Sex
  • The personal is political: ‘private’ lives 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity22 hours11 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study22reading and preparing for seminars (around 2 hours per seminar)
Guided Independent Study106researching and writing assessments and assignments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).