Sexualities SOCIO4023

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course develops knowledge of sociological understandings of sexualities. The course develops knowledge of empirical social research and social theories concerning sexualities of many kinds, examining the United Kingdom and various societies in a global context.


20 contact hours over the course of a single semester. This will normally consist of 2 hours per week and may be a combination of lectures and seminars/workshops.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Sociology requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Sociology 2A and Sociology 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses





One 4000 word essay (100%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable


Course Aims

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.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits