Undergraduate Gender and Women's Studies Pathway

Take the opportunity to specialise in Gender and Women's Studies while studying for a Sociology or Media and Cultural Studies degree.

The flexibility of our undergraduate programmes allows students to take one or more modules in Gender and Women's Studies while working towards a related degree.

In the first year here, you can take our first year course “Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies”, which considers 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.

Then, if you are interested in pursuing your study further, you can use your optional courses in the Sociology or Media and Cultural Studies degree to continue on this specialised pathway, addressing topics such as Gender, Sexuality and Society, and Feminism and Social Change. You can also complete your third year dissertation in a topic focused on related issues. You can also choose to study on gender-related courses taught by other departments, such as English; History; Linguistics; Law; and Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Please visit their websites for details.


Course structure

At Lancaster University the first year is called Part I and the second and third years are called Part II. Teaching in all years occurs over three 10-week terms, with any exams occurring in the third term.

Part I (first year)

Part I students take three courses in different subjects.

If you are taking a degree with one major (BA Media and Cultural Studies, BA Sociology), you will be enrolled in its Part I course and then be able to take two other courses. Since we have four Part I courses in the department (Contemporary Social Problems, Gender and Women's Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Sociology), you could spend your whole first year exploring complementary issues with us. But you also have the opportunity to choose a wide range of courses offered by other departments in the University. Our students have taken courses in Film, Marketing, Criminology, Law, Politics, History, English Literature, Linguistics, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Geography.

Joint honours students (those studying for BAs in Criminology and Sociology; Film, Media and Cultural Studies; Film and Sociology; Organisation Studies and Sociology; Politics and Sociology; Religious Studies and Sociology) will be pre-enrolled onto the two Part I courses related to their degree and then choose one other.

In addition to having the flexibility to choose three courses that suit your interests, at the end of the first year it is often possible to change your major if you discover that you want to focus on one of the optional subjects you studied.

Part II (second and third year)

In Part II, you move on to take more specialised courses both within our department and related to subjects you studied in Part I. More information about our Part II modules can be found linked to our course listings. In addition to interactions during course time, both our lecturers and fellow students are available to support your independent learning outside the classroom. One of the highlights of our degree is the independent research project students complete at the end of their third year. You can choose any topic that you are interested in, and carry out original research under the supervision of one of our staff to learn more about it. To get an idea of what past students have researched, take a look at our student dissertation blog.

What students do on our courses

Teaching at both Part I and Part II involves lectures and smaller seminars, where up to 15 students are able to discuss readings, try out new ideas, and take part in practical activities. Some courses in our department also have hands-on workshops, film screenings, or field trips. We have been praised by external examiners for our excellent range of course assessment - including short writing tasks that help you to build up key skills early on, presentations, essays, exams, posters, scenarios and assessments where you make blogs, vlogs, or conduct your own interviews. To learn more, explore what our students do.