Module Identifier ED32320  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Marilyn Martin-Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours 10 x 2 hours (workshop format combined with formal teaching)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment Course Work: The coursework will consist of an essay totalling 2,500 words (or a project which constitutes a reasonable equivalent)50%
Supplementary Assessment All failed or missing elements of assessment to be re-taken or made good. 
Further details  

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

This module will focus on three distinct phases in the study of language and gender: (1) the early research on gender `differences' in the speech of women and men, carried out in the mid to late 1970s; (2) the Anglo-American research on asymmetries in conversational interactions, developed in the early to mid 1980s; and, (3) recent work (in the late 1980s and 1990s) on discourse and the construction of gendered identities (masculinities and femininities). Illustrative studies, from both institutional and lifeworld settings, will be selected. Particular attention will be given to studies of interaction in educational settings and to studies of different types of media texts (print and broadcast media). In addition, time will be set aside for consideration of current debates about language, gender and equal opportunities.



The lectures will be based on the following topics:

Reading Lists

Graddol, D. and Swann, J. (1989) Gender Voices Oxford: Blackwell
Swann, J. 1992 (1992) Girls, Boys and Language Oxford: Blackwell
Talbot, M. (1998) Language and Gender Cambridge: Polity Press


This module is at CQFW Level 6