MM367-Gender and Feminism at Work

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Patrizia Kokot


Summary module description:
This module will introduce students to contemporary and historic debates around gender at work from a feminist perspective. We will critically examine modern workplaces and interrogate the assumptions we carry into work and identify the ways in which these may be gendered.

The assessment focuses on reading, facilitation, discussion, and writing. Students will be asked to create a portfolio of writings around a range of gender- and work-related issues, which encourage a responsible, critical and political engagement with seminal and contemporary texts to formulate evidence-based arguments. These could be blog entries, position papers, essays or critiques, for example. The aim here is to encourage students to develop the analytical tools to write with confidence and consider inequalities in the workplace within its wider socio-political, economic and structural context.

Assessable learning outcomes:

• To understand and apply key concepts of gender and feminist theory

• To develop the ability to analytically approach the contributions of key thinkers within the wider gender and work arena

• To confidently, yet critically, construct evidence-based arguments and engage in debates on inequalities in the workplace, the economy and the wider society

• To communicate in writing on issues surrounding gender and feminism at work targeting a range of audiences

• To practice facilitation skills and understand power dynamics within groups and in organisations

Additional outcomes:

*Teamwork and time management skills

* Facilitation and debating skills

*Ability to approach and analyse interdisciplinary readings with confidence

*Writing for different audiences

Outline content:

The lectures will be organised around the following broader themes:

Gender in the workplace: an intersectional approach

Working women: mapping the past Feminist theory at work

Equal opportunities: the law

Gender and organisational practices

Sexism and discrimination in the workplace

Women, the state and the economy

Bodies at work

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
According to the Gender and Education Association, a feminist pedagogy strives to resist hierarchies, acknowledge experience as a resource, and commit to transformative learning where opportunities may arise to not only learn new things but also to push one’s thinking forward and encourage shifts into new directions. Students will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, and practical workshops, the latter of which will focus on the development of facilitation skills.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 50
Practical skills assessment 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Students are expected to prepare written submissions throughout the term, to present and discuss their writings with their peers during seminar work and to reflect on and improve the growing portfolio which will form the basis for the summative assessment at the and of term.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    Weighted average of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Required text books

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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