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Module Details for Gender Work and Family SOU22021 (Part 1 MT)

Module Code


Module Name

Gender Work and Family

Module Short Title

ECTS weighting


Semester/term taught

Michaelmas Term

Contact Hours


Learning Outcomes

  • Students successfully completing the module should be able to:
  • - Critically assess the concept of families and gender from a sociological perspective;
  • - Understand and examine the changes in families and gender relations over recent decades by using a life-course perspective;
  • - Identify and assess the key sociological theories and debates on gender and families;
  • - Evaluate contemporary quantitative and qualitative studies on gender and work-family topics from a comparative perspective
  • Engage with a ''real-world'' understanding of the complex links between individuals, families, communities, markets and institutions



Chambers, D., (2012). A sociology of family life. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Cohen, P.N., (2015). The family: Diversity, inequality, and social change. WW Norton.

Coltrane, S. (2004) Families and Society: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. 

Wharton, A. (2012) The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research, Second editionWiley-Blackwell

.Scott, J., Treas, J. and Richards, M. eds., (2014). The Blackwell companion to the sociology of families (Vol. 25). Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.


Module Content

This module examines families, gender and work  from an applied contemporary perspective. The module will provide key theoretical approaches and empirical tools for a better understanding of family life and gender relations in contemporary society. The module will focus on key questions like: (1) what are the weaknesses and strengths of contemporary theories on families and gender?; (2) how does individual development change from birth to old age across demographic groups?; (3) Why do men and women differ in their work attitudes, time use and access to power in society?; (4) What is the role of structural/racial inequalities in family relations across contemporary societies?; (5) How can policies shape, or even transform, family relations and gender roles in contemporary European societies?

Assessment Details

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