- The course aims to enhance students’ analytical reading skills as well as strengthen their skills in participating in scholarly debates through work in small groups.
- Students will understand the role the conceptualization of gender plays in society, culture and politics.
- Students will be able to use the key theories and approaches in gender studies, its main concepts and arguments organizing this interdisciplinary field, and their critique.
- Students will also become familiar with the key theoreticians whose work has been foundational for the field of gender studies.
- Students will acquire knowledge about the role of various historical and geographical locations in how the knowledge has been produced and the field has been developing.
- Students will be able to participate in various debates on gender and to critique its conceptualization in nuanced, scholarly-informed ways.
- Overall, Students will acquire competence in working with the major concepts, issues and debates in gender studies.
- As this is a reading-intensive course, students will also learn how to effectively engage with academic texts.
- In that respect, students will strengthen their skills of critical reading by, first, learning how to identify, summarize and present the argument in a scholarly text, and, second, by understanding how to identify and critique its key assumptions.
- Week 1. Introduction. Gender as an analytical category
- Week 2. Subjectivity and power
- Week 3. The production of heterosexuality
- Week 4. Queer/Trans
- Week 5. The Western Eye and post- and decolonial feminism
- Week 6.1. Feminist thought and postsocialism
- Week 6.2. Neoliberal feminism and postfeminism
- Interim assessment (1 module)0.2 * Attendance and participation + 0.3 * Final paper + 0.2 * Final presentation + 0.3 * Weekly responses (4)
- Scott, J. W. (1986). Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis . American Historical Review, 91(5), 1053. https://doi.org/10.2307/1864376
- Mohanty, C. T. (1988). Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses. https://doi.org/10.1057/fr.1988.42