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Unit information: Youth, Sexualities and Gendered Violence in 2018/19

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Unit name Youth, Sexualities and Gendered Violence
Unit code SPOL22023
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Aghtaie
Open unit status Open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit considers sexuality and gendered violence in relation to young people within various contexts. The unit includes discussions of: Definitions of Sexuality and Violence; Young People, Relationship and Violence; Sexuality, Ethnicity and Religion; Lads Mags to Pornography; Intersectionality; Masculinity; Heteronormativity; Sexual Violence and Sexual Exploitation; Reproductive Coercion and Risk.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate that they are able to:

  • Critically challenge preconceptions related to sexualities, masculinities, femininities and heteronormative discourses in the context of gendered violence;
  • Understand how individuals are socially positioned by a number of intersectional characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, religion and sexuality and the relevance of these for experiences of gendered violence
  • Understand theoretically gender violence and its impact on young people’ lives.

Teaching details

This unit will be taught via lectures, seminars and guided individual study. The seminars will include presentations by students, group discussion and various exercises designed to enhance the teaching and learning of the topics covered.

Assessment Details

Formative: a one hour 'practice exam' to assess and support the students' preparations for the summative assessment.

Summative (100%): a three hour exam which will enable the students to meet the intended learning outcomes for the unit.

All assessment is marked against the published marking criteria for that level, as stated in the Programme handbook.

Reading and References

  • Aghtaie, N. & Gangoli, G. (ed.)(2014) Understanding Gender Based Violence: National and International Contexts. Abingdon: Routledge
  • Connell, R.W. (1995) Masculinities. University of California Press: California.
  • Crenshaw, K.W. (1994) ‘Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color’, in M.A. Fineman and R. Myktuk (Eds.) The public Nature of Private 'Violence. New York: Routledge, pp93-118.
  • McCarry, M. (2010) ‘Becoming a ‘Proper Man’: Young People's Attitudes about Interpersonal
  • Mernissi, F. (2002) ‘The Muslim Concept of Active Female Sexuality’ in C.L. Williams and A. Stein (Eds.) Sexuality and Gender. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd, pp. 297-308.
  • Renold, E. (2005) Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities: Exploring Childrens’ Gender and Sexual Relations in the Primary School. London: Routledge Falmer.
  • Weeks, J. (1986) Sexuality. New York: Routledge.