Introduction to Undergraduate Study
Currently, the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies offers a one year course for first year students. The Undergraduate study is suited for anyone with an interest in issues pertaining to women and gender relations, the different social conditions in which women live, especially in relation to differences amongst women, and the way that this leads to a diversity of feminist politics.
GWS 101 - Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies
In this first year course available to students on most degree schemes, lectures and seminars encourage you to develop an understanding and appreciation of the range of perspectives on gender relations and women's position within society, culture and politics.
The course opens by examining the history of feminism and of Gender and Women's Studies within academia. We consider the different social conditions in which women live, especially in relation to the existence of differences between women, and the way this leads to a diversity of feminist politics.
The first section of the course explores gender in relation to key issues and concepts such as nature, sex/gender, class, race and sexualities.
The second section of the course explores the theme of women and political change, historically, in contemporary life, both in the UK and internationally.
The third section involves an analysis of gender, cultural institutions and representations and masculinities represented in literature, art, film and advertisements.
In the fourth section you will do a group project on an aspect of 'body politics', for example, in relation to health, body image or reproductive rights.
The final section explores gender relations within specific social and cultural contexts, including reproduction and childbirth, education, work, religion, law and crime.
This course is intended as a free standing first year (Part I) course. It aims to develop an understanding of a range of perspectives central to Gender and Women's Studies, introducing students to some of the main theoretical concepts used in some of the latest developments in Gender and Women's Studies research.
Gender and Women's Studies Pathway
You can study for a BA Hons in Sociology or Media and Cultural Studies, with a strong focus on Gender and Women's Studies:
First year - Gender and Women's Studies (101).
Further information, and additional module choices can be found on the Department of Sociology's website
Undergraduate courses taught by other departments
There are several courses addressing gender and women's studies at other departments at the university. For more information check our associated courses page.
All our degrees can be taken either full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months).
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