Over the years, I have taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including on gender relations, family life, ageing and later life, and qualitative research. I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations on a wide range of topics.

My current modules include

Sociology: A Beginner’s Guide

This module introduces students to the sociological perspective and, through its focus on sociological theory, provides a basis for more advanced study of sociological theory in later modules. It begins with a consideration of the development of sociology in the context of modernity and the range of issues and themes this gave rise to. We then consider the distinctive approaches to the study of the social world offered by Marx, by Durkheim and by Weber as well as more recent approaches including structural functionalism, and ethnomethodology. The distinctiveness of the sociological imagination is further explored through a consideration of the personal and social uses of sociology as a discipline.

Ageing, Death and the Life Course

Our physical existence is finite, and from the moment of our birth, to the moment of our death, we grow older. This module explores how the processes of growing up, growing older and dying are socially and culturally organised, especially in contemporary Western society. Sociologically, age is a complex meshing of bodily ageing, stage in life course and location in historical time. We consider evidence on the ways our age shapes our individual identities, and our access to power and material resources. We examine the impact ageing and age relationships have upon the various institutions of society, including paid work, culture and the welfare state. Topics may include:

  • childhood and power relations,
  • youth transitions,
  • youth cultures and social change,
  • controlling body age (through ‘body maintenance’ and ‘body refurbishment’),
  • the ageing population and the ‘demographic time bomb’,
  • ageism,
  • the ‘mask’ of old age,
  • the social significance of death and dying.


4 thoughts on “Teaching

  1. Hello,

    I didnt know if you could help me a little at all, i’m currently doing an essay for university, i am a second year Dance student. I am currently doing an Essay around Kevin Aviance and his video of “Din Da da” im using your book, fifty key concepts in gender studies to form the gender side of his work and to back up my research of how gender is played and used etc..
    didn’t know if you could give me some more background knowledge on yourself at all to go into my work or if you had any work around the whole ‘gender stereotypes’

    Thank you so much,
    Amy Finnigan

  2. Hi Amy, and thanks for contacting me. I don’t know about Kevin Aviance at all but am pleased that you have found the key concepts in gender studies book useful. All I can suggest is that you follow up on some of the suggested readings we give in the book. I do know that in the UK, there was a recent study which looked at the popularity of Strictly Come Dancing, arguing that its success is related to its invoking of traditional forms and displays of masculinity and femininity. Good luck with your studies!

  3. Hi there.

    I am a forth year fashion student currently doing my final dissertation, which is a consumer study into the effects of media on the girls’ fashion industry.
    I have just finished reading one of your studies ‘What Not to Wear? Girls, Clothing and ‘Showing’ the Body’ via my university library and found it very helpful.
    I have particular interest in the consumer behaviour of ‘tweens’ and whether there is a link between their want for clothing and the media.
    I am wondering if you may be able to give me any insight into your opinion on this subject? Any amount of help you can give me would be much appreciated.

    Kind regards.
    Lynsey Rowbottom

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