ATS2727 - Men, masculinity and society - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Steven Roberts


Dr Steven Roberts

Not offered in 2018


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Sociology.




This unit explores recent sociological analyses of men and masculinity. In this unit students will develop a critical awareness of the status of men in society, be introduced to different sociological approaches to the study of men and masculinity, and discover the various cultural constructions of masculinity. Topics covered in this unit include: theoretical examinations of masculinity, representations of masculinity in media and popular culture, men's lived experiences in the everyday world, and contemporary issues such as men's health, men's sexuality, men's violence and men's rights movements.


After completing this unit, students will have:

  1. A grounded working knowledge of the major theoretical and methodological approaches to men and masculinity
  2. An informed theoretical critique of how masculinity is constituted in society
  3. The ability to critically evaluate masculinity through a sociological lens, and to articulate this in high-quality academic written expression
  4. Continued development of their independent research skills, referencing and essay presentation.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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