ASOK22209U Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
Full-degree students enrolled at the Faculty of Social Science, UCPH
Master Programme in Social Data Science
Master Programmes in Sociology
Master Programme in Anthropology
Master Programme in Psychology
Master programme in Global Development
Master Programme in Political Science
The course is open to:
- Exchange and Guest students from abroad
- Credit students from Danish Universities
This course is a part of this course package:
- Culture, lifestyle and everyday life
Discussions about the changing significance of gender and sexuality often evoke strong feelings, political opinions, and fierce academic debate. This course uses classic theories of gender and sexuality to nuance the discussion about emerging gendered and sexual phenomena.
As empirical material, this course focuses on the pornography debate, from the so-called “sex wars” of the 70’s and 80’s up to today. We will use these discussions to understand how digital intimacy and visual sexuality are conceptualized and discussed in contemporary feminist literature. That way, the course underlines both continuities and progressions in feminist understanding risks and pleasures in new technology. Students will learn to navigate the often polarized debates about the changing significance of new gendered and sexual practices.
The course literature presents theoretical concepts on gender and sexuality in order to critically analyze developing society issues. As a theoretical basis the course will present and discuss the work of Judith Butler, as well as earlier sociological theories, such as sexual scripts theory. At the course we will use this scholarship to engage in some of the most pressing discussions that concern gender and sexuality today, such as technology facilitated sexual violence and new masculinities. By introducing concepts and analytical tools from a range of feminist and sociological traditions, the students will engage in nuanced discussions of ongoing societal phenomena.
Account for key concepts and theories of gender and sexuality and empirical studies of contemporary gendered and sexual practices.
Know the modern history of feminist theory.
Apply, compare and contrast different theories to analyse and discuss societal issues of gender and sexuality
Identify and discuss different strands of theories and what potentials and problems they have in understanding emerging phenomena sexuality and gender
Trace the development within feminist theories from previous debates about visual sexuality to contemporary phenomena of digital intimacy.
Carry out independent analysis of gendered and sexual phenomena
Convincingly present the contributions and pitfalls of theories about gender and sexuality
Critically asses ones own application of theoretical frameworks to a given issue
Assess the contributions of previous discussion of gender and sexuality to contemporary feminist discussions about sexual images on/offline
Theoretical papers and case studies will be provided in a reading packet. For their exam projects and class presentations, students will be expected to seek out and discuss other relevant literature
- Project work
Peer-feed back of presentations and in-class assignments will be integrated throughout the course. Because the course deals with sensitive and personal matters of gender and sexuality, it is a particular focus for this class that students will respond to each other’s oral and written products in a constructive and respectful manner.
When registered, you will be signed up for exam.
- Full-degree students – sign up at Selfservice on KUnet
- Exchange and guest students from abroad – sign up through Mobility Online and Selfservice- read more on this website.
- Credit students from Danish universities - sign up through this website.
- Open University students - sign up through this website.
The dates for the exams are found here Exams – Faculty of Social Sciences - University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
Please note that it is your own responsibility to check for overlapping exam dates.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment
- Type of assessment details
- Take-home exam - Group or individual.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
Criteria for exam assessment:
Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner
- Course code
- 7,5 ECTS
- Full Degree Master
- 1 semester
- Department of Sociology, Study Council
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Political Science
- Social Data Science
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Sidsel Kirstine Harder (3-78706d4578746833707a336970)