Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Gender and Sexuality in the Americas
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x Seminar Performance  10%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,250 Essay  45%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   1 x 1.5 hour pre-seen exam  pre-seen exam  schedule am  45%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 500 word report in lieu of seminar performance  10%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,250 Essay  45%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   1 x 1.5 hour pre-seen exam  45%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Assess the interconnections between gender, sexuality and race in the Americas.
2. Evaluate the distinctive perspectives which a study of gender, race and sexuality bring to thinking about politics.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of gender dynamics in practice.
4. Evaluate the way in which colonialism and slavery configured relations of power through gender relationships.
5. Assess the gendered and raced dynamics of power as played out in social relations.
6. Evaluate how gender stereotypes configure the world of work, society and politics.

Brief description

The module focuses on three aspects. Firstly, students will be introduced to the key political, economic and social dynamics which shape understandings of gender in the Americas. Secondly, the module locates contemporary gender dynamics within the historical context of gender and sexuality in the Americas (especially 500+ years of colonialism and slavery). Thirdly, students will apply this learning to empirical examples drawn from a range of historical periods and countries across the Americas.


This module explores dynamics of gender and sexuality in the Americas, paying particular attention to the often invisiblized but powerful dimensions of race. It begins by outlining the theoretical and historical context which condition gender dynamics and turns to explore key issues which shape contemporary politics: colonialism and slavery; sex tourism; the world of work; gendered violence; gender/sex and politics; sexual politics and homosexuality. The module will draw on examples from across the region and students will be encouraged to explore their own interests when researching and writing assessments.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Students will learn how to present their ideas verbally and in writing, and how to present their arguments most effectively. They will develop skills in using the many sources of information available to best advantage. They will learn to be clear in their writing and speaking and to be direct about aims and objectives. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus and objectives of their argument or discussion. Students will also be required to submit their written assessments in word-processed format and the presentation of work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication.
Improving own Learning and Performance The module aims to promote self-management but within a context in which support and assistance is available from the module convenor and other students. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and exercising their own initiative, including searching for sources and deciding how to answer assessed essay questions.
Information Technology Students will enhance their proficiency using Blackboard, where materials to support learning will be made available. Students will also develop skills in searching for, and assessing the validity of, online information sources as part of preparation for lectures, seminars and assessed tasks. Assessed work will be presented in electronic format, according to standard expectations.
Personal Development and Career planning The module is designed to hone and test skills of use to students in their working lives, particularly in speaking to small groups, listening, thinking and responding to the statement of others. Moreover, the written work requires students to write clearly and concisely, which is a common task in the workplace. Students will be encouraged throughout to reflect on their performance and to consider lessons for future application.
Problem solving Independent work and problem solving will be one central goal of the module; the submission of written assignments will require that students develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and estimate an answer to the problem; consider extreme cases; reason logically; construct theoretical models; consider similar cases; look for patterns; divide issues into smaller problems
Research skills Students will be required to undertake independent research in order to complete the assessed work. This will involve utilizing a range of information sources, including core academic texts, journal articles, electronic publications, and online news sources.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualize and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These subject specific skills include: • Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module • Evaluate competing perspectives • Apply a range of methodologies to complex historical and contemporary social and political problems.
Team work Students will undertake team exercises in the seminars. For many of the topics of this module, seminars will consist of small-group discussions where students will be asked to discuss as a group the core issues related to the seminar topic. These class discussions and debates form a significant part of the module, and will allow students to approach and examine a given topic through team work.


This module is at CQFW Level 5