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Gender and Sexuality30 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineValidated by Middlesex University


A diverse group of students sit together on steps outsideThe Gender and Sexuality module will stimulate and equip you with the skills and knowledge to maintain a crucial dialogue around the state of gender and sexualities equality in the contemporary educational context. 

The content will encourage you to deconstruct discursive practices within a very broad educational social arena encompassing children, adults, paid employees, volunteers, formal and informal spaces and compulsory and voluntary participation. Heteronormativity will provide the main framework through which you will examine specific issues that relate to the educational identities and experiences of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI).

You will learn to interact with the environment in order to positively support learners and their networks by drawing on best practice and evidence-based interventions.

This module is one of the core / recommended modules on our Masters in Pastoral Care, but when combined with other modules can also be completed as part of one of our other Masters programmes: AutismEducational AssessmentSEND and Inclusion Programme or Inclusive Educational Leadership Programme.

Why take this module?

Choose this module and:

  • Explore the significance of gender and heteronormativity across a range of community contexts and social relations, and how this is relevant to your educational setting.
  • Analyse, critically evaluate and develop strategies that minimise the impact of socially constructed frameworks on children and their family’s choice of interacting with educational settings.
  • Demonstrate and critically reflect on gender and sexuality issues affecting young people in relation to specific issues such as intimacy and relationships, body image, sexual health, sexual identities, self-harm, mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Achieve 30 level 7 credits that you could put towards further study on our SEND & Inclusion programme.

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 September 2024. Book and enrol before 15 September 2024 to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

This module will benefit you and your setting in a wide variety of ways. Over the duration of the course, you will:

  • Demonstrate your leadership skills by designing an initiative to promote positive practice in relation to gender or sexuality in your setting.
  • Have the opportunity to critically evaluate your skills in engagement and participation of young people to develop programmes such as peer support to promote self-esteem.
  • Develop confidence in providing enabling supportive environments and challenging harmful behaviours.
  • Become a changemaker by gaining a critical understanding of the relevance of legislative, policy and ethical imperatives that drive anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice.

The module content

  • The legislative and policy framework relevant to promoting equality and diversity in educational settings including roles, rights and responsibilities particularly around gender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender rights and the intersection of class, disability, race, ethnicity, religion and locality
  • Critical theories and models on gender, sexuality, heteronormativity, Queer theories, families of choice looking in particular at key theorists such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Jeffrey Weeks and Steven Hicks
  • Exploring own identities and values in relation to gender and sexuality
  • Research and evidence on issues that affect the wellbeing of young people such as sexuality, sexual health, body image and body dysmorphia, developing intimate relationships, self-harm, gender transition
  • Interpersonal and group work skills in working with young people around sensitive issues and how to develop concepts of participation and involvement in practice
  • Partnership working and advocacy skills
  • Guidance and best practice to combat discrimination that relate to the educational identities and experiences of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI)

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed via the completion of three tasks:

Critical analysis (2000 words)

Analyse approaches to promoting gender equality in education settings in the light of theories about gender and sexuality

Practice analysis (2000 words)

Describe and analyse critically, from inception to action plan, your leadership of an initiative designed to promote positive practice in relation to gender or sexuality in your setting

Reflective analysis (2000 words)

Reflect on the impact of this module. Review knowledge gained, perspectives changed and leadership skills developed.

How is the module delivered?

  • Our courses are delivered through Campus Online, our unique provision for online learning.
  • Campus Online allows you to study at your own pace, without the need to travel, or commit to particular dates or times. Log in to access your study materials, contact your personal tutor for support, connect and network with other delegates and make use of the extensive resource library.
  • You can easily track your progress throughout the course and submit your work and evidence of assignments for feedback.

Are you eligible?

You will need to hold an undergraduate degree.

You will need to be working in an educational setting for this module. If you aren’t currently working in an educational setting you will need written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting.

Are you based in an international setting?

This module is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. The programme content is designed and written with both UK and international settings in mind.

Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit you:

  • A one-off payment of £1,495 + VAT 
  • Three instalments of £523+VAT
  • Ten instalments of £162+VAT

For further information please visit our payment FAQ page.

Speak to us on +44(0)1273 358080 or make a booking.

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 September 2024. Book and enrol before 15 September 2024 to join our next cohort.

As it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend you register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

Please note: This course is currently subject to approval

How long does it take to complete the course?

You will have up to a year to complete this course. 

We do understand, however, that circumstances can arise that could prevent the course from being completed during this time. If this is the case, an extension can be arranged in conjunction with the admin team and your tutor.

Module leader

Module Leader – Dr Jayne Osgood

Dr Jayne Osgood has been Professor of Education in the Centre for Education Research & Scholarship at Middlesex University since 2015. She started her research career in 1997 and has extensive experience of undertaking a wide range of funded research for various sponsors in the education sector.

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