The course forms part of the Department`s Honours programme in Sociology and its aims embody the intentions of this programme. The principle aim is to build on some of the central themes of the Level 1 and 2 modules and provide students with a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the study of Sociology. More specifically, the module aims:
■ To develop knowledge of theoretical perspectives on sexualities in the social sciences and social theory.
■ To develop knowledge of empirical social research on sexualities in the UK and specific societies worldwide, in global context.
■ To develop knowledge of non-governmental organizations, transnational social movements, government policy and conceptions of human rights as they relate to sexualities.
■ To enable students to enhance their transferable and inter-personal skills, particularly in communication, time management, individual and group research work, and critical appraisal of consumption-related issues.
■ To enable students to develop a wide range of skills that will meet the demands of the modern labour market.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Analyse the relationship between theoretical perspectives, empirical research and policy perspectives on sexualities.
■ Explain examples of the disjunctures between identity, subjectivity and action with respect to sexuality.
■ Demonstrate understanding of relationships between sexualities in the UK, in other states, and in international/global sexual politics.
■ Argue from competing perspectives on issues in sexual politics, using oral presentation skills.
■ Research the activities and perspectives of organizations via retrieval and analysis of primary sources from the internet.