10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: No


Aims/Description: This module introduces students to study of gender and sexuality, and LGBT stories, both historical and contemporary. It examines gender and sexuality in culture, media, and its academic study, as well as contemporary issues of inequality affecting sexual minorities in our society and global contexts. The module is team taught by experts in different departments at the University of Sheffield, who will introduce students to a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, such as history, social sciences, psychology, biology, health care, cultural studies, gender theory and critical study of religion. The module is assessed by a coursework portfolio.

Staff Contact: Minna Shkul
Teaching Methods: This is a team taught module, where staff members from different departments of the University collaborate to teach different topics relevant to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender) individuals and communities, ranging from Arts and Humanities to Social Sciences, Biology, Psychology, and beyond, depending on availability of speakers in any year. Students' weekly learning experience consists of pre-reading materials, and questions to consider before the lecture and contributions on the discussion board on MOLE. Interactive lectures are followed by further materials on the MOLE, recommendations for further reading, and other materials, such as websites, film and media, as well as study tasks. The following topics are representative of the annual syllabus: - Introduction to the module, MOLE resources and assignments; - Stories of same-sex attraction, bisexuality and transgenderism from antiquity to the present, in different global contexts (LO 1); - History of the LGBT activism and contemporary issues (LO2); - Empirical studies (LO3); - Gender theory, and critical study of gender & sexuality, (LO4, LO5); - Contemporary issues in the UK and global contexts (LO2, LO5); and - Further lectures from biology, health care, politics, art, religion, and cultural studies, depending on available staff each year (LO 1-5).
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Philosophy):

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