Students will familiarize themselves with the most important concepts, theories and methods of Gender Studies and Postcolonial Studies in the Humanities and with the major developments in these fields. They will become aware of the most important methodological approaches when studying gender/sexual difference, ethnicity-race, class, and sexuality and will be able to apply these concepts and frameworks in the analysis of examples, events and phenomena from society, media, arts and culture.|
Students will also develop other academic skills such as: ability to perform a nuanced analysis of complex social, media, arts and cultural events; critical thinking; communication skills through in-class discussion.
This interdisciplinary course teaches you how gender (also: sexual difference), ethnicity, class and sexuality affect identities and subjectivities, and play a role in the production, consumption and interpretation of cultural artifacts. Learning to look through the lenses of 'gender', 'ethnicity' and ‘sexuality’, you will experience how cultural and social scientific approaches have to be combined in critical analysis (‘intersectionality’). You will be trained in how to use various interdisciplinary approaches when it comes to the gender, ethnicity/race and sexuality sensitive analysis of different cultural artifacts, genres and media: literature, history, film and other forms of popular culture, language and the new media.|
The anthology ' Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture A Comprehensive Guide to Gender Studies,
2nd Edition, edited by Rosemarie Buikema, Liedeke Plate and Kahtrin Thiele was developed for this course. A red thread running through the book and the course are 'woman warriors': women who struggle for equality and contest and challenge societal norms. Examples range from Simone de Beauvoir to Lara Croft, from Sarah Bartmann to Phoolan Devi. The book can be bought at Savannah Bay (Telingstraat 13, Utrecht). The course is both devoted to different theoretical frameworks, approaches and methodologies such as Gender, Postcolonial and Queer Theory as to particular issues and topics such as the question of representation in terms of gender, race and sexuality, feminist art and aesthetic theory, and secularism and multiculturalism.
This level 2 course, is a faculty-wide introduction to the minors in Gender Studies and Postcolonial Studies (open to all students) and one of the preparatory courses to the major in Postcolonial and Gender Studies (part of the bachelor Taal & Cultuur Studies / Language and Culture Studies).
Students interested in further studying questions of gender, ethnicity-race, class, queer theory, postcolonialism and representation, can do a minor/major in Postcolonial/Gender Studies; or, to continue further they can do the a one-year Master in Gender Studies or follow a two-year Research Master in Gender and Ethnicity.
For information on the minors, see:
http://students.uu.nl/en/node/351/gender-studies and http://students.uu.nl/en/node/351/postcolonial-studies
For info on the masters, see the Graduate Gender Programme:
Please note: MC2V18001 – Mec-Gender, etniciteit en cultuurkritiek is the Dutch equivalent of this course. To avoid overlap, we recommend students to choose between either Introduction to Gender Studies or Gender, Etniciteit & Cultuurkritiek.
Ingangseisen |Verplicht materiaal|
|Rosemarie Buikema, Liedeke Plate & Kathrin Thiele (2018). ‘Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture. A Comprehensive Guide to Gender Studies’, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138288263|
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenRead assigned book chapters and articles, prepare readings for discussion, complete assignments, collect exemplary texts and images related to the topics of the plenary lectures for discussion in the working groups
Bijdrage aan groepswerkActive participation, commentary on peers, exchange of insights and ideas, critical reflection on the readings, , gathering of relevant materials for discussion.
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenRead assigned book chapters and articles, prepare readings for presentation and discussion, complete assignments, collect exemplary texts and images related to the topics of the plenary lectures for discussion in the working groups
Bijdrage aan groepswerkActive participation, commentary on peers' work, exchange of insights and ideas, critical reflection on the readings, completion of specific assignments, gathering of relevant materials for presentation and discussion.
BeoordelingKnowledge of basic histories, concepts and methods of gender, ethnicity-race and sexuality-sensitive analysis of science and culture.
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Communicatieve vaardigheden • Kennis hanteren in een bredere context • Hanteren van wetenschappelijk instrumentarium |