Gender Diversity in the Context of Society

This module is intended to inform the care of patients through creating the opportunity to examine how attitudes, values and behaviours affect the lived experiences of patients.

The aims of this module are to enable students to gain a critical understanding of the wider historical, social, cultural and legal contexts for trans and gender-diverse people; and to analyse the impact of organisational contexts (e.g. schools, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons) in relation to trans and gender-diverse people.

Topics covered

Main topics of the module include:

  • Attitudes, values and behaviours
  • Relationships
  • Ethics, society, law and religion
  • Culture and support
  • People in organisational settings
  • Historical and sociological perspectives on gender diversity

Learning outcomes 

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to:

  • Critically reflect upon the attitudes and behaviours that trans and gender-diverse people face from wider society  with reference to stigma, transphobia, discrimination and intersectionality.
  • Discuss the importance of interpersonal relationships for trans and gender-diverse people and potential challenges that can arise.
  • Apply historical, social and ethical perspectives to trans and gender-diversity issues.
  • Critically evaluate selected aspects of the legal rights of trans and gender-diverse people in the jurisdiction in which you work, making reference to rights in other contexts. 
  • Appraise the spectrum of support and advocacy.
  • Analyse the implications for healthcare practitioners in supporting trans and gender-diverse people in  organisational settings (e.g. schools and hospitals), including residential settings (e.g. residential social care, prisons and secure services).


  • Coursework (100%)