module specification

SS6080 - Gender and Education (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Gender and Education
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 30%   10-minute presentation and Essay Plan (1,000 - 1,500 words)
Coursework 70%   Essay (3,000 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module encourages a critical examination of key debates concerning feminist theory, research and practice in education.  It provides students with an awareness of the complex social contexts in which gender relations are formed, legitimized and changing.  Importantly, its approach will be to explore how gender intersects with other identities such as race and social class in shaping educational experiences and outcomes and seeks to illuminate a range of associated social inequalities. The module will examine research methods, policy formation and practice in relation to its theoretical orientation and commitments.

Module aims

The module aims:

• To enable students to apply theory to interpret research data and contexts
• To explore the impact of gendered- and hetero-normativities in education institutions and practices
• To highlight the historicity of gender within educational discourse and practice
• To examine the relationship between educational and social structures with reference to gender
• To explore  methodological approaches to researching gender and social transformation across all sectors, including Higher Education
• To introduce and reinforce the importance of educational research and autobiography in exploring the construction of gender and gendered relations within education
• To develop skills in a range of methods for gathering, analysing and interpreting data for research studies.


The module will encourage academic debate around gender and gender theory and education as hallmarks of urban education and its theorisation; these debates will emanate from and be stimulated by empirical encounter.  It will draw upon formal areas of gender studies, feminist theory, sociology, gender philosophy, educational academic research and cultural studies and the theorisation, metaphors and methodologies of enquiry they contribute to interpretation and understanding of gender in education.

Learning and teaching

Delivery is through a combination of lectures and seminars, guided independent reading and engagement with online discussion opportunities (via a Weblearn blog).  Selected key readings will be available to students via Weblearn and students are expected to read in advance of classroom sessions, and to regularly reflect on their reading and seminar discussions via the Weblearn blog.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Analyse and locate historical and current educational issues in relation to wider debates in gender studies
  • Demonstrate their understanding of social constructionism and its contribution to critical theories of education
  • Understand the importance of educational research and ethnographic methods to explore gender relations and issues of inequality within educational contexts and professional practice
  • Interpret the complexity of gender relations within multi- and inter-disciplinary educational and professional contexts

Assessment strategy

  1. The first is an individual presentation (10 minutes) (LO 1, 2, 3) – 30%.
  2. An essay which encourages students to use some of their collected data (ethnographic interview) and critically consider debates or issues around gender in a specific professional realm by applying relevant theories (LO 3,4,5) – 70%.


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Arnot, M., and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2007). Gender and Education, Oxon: Routledge.
Baker, J. (2010) Great Expectations and Post Feminist Accountability: Young Women Living Up to the ‘Successful Girls’ Discourse, Gender and Education, (22) 1, pp. 1-15.
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