Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
1) acquired a greater consciousness on the issue of gender difference within society,
2) gained understanding of issues whose complexity they cannot explore outside an academic context,
3) become familiar with theoretical tools that are internationally used in the analysis of the relationship between gender and cultural products.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This is a course with a flexible content and emphasis, which are determined by the instructor every time the course is taught. Its purpose is to host specialized, gender-related topics such as, for example, gender and genre, gender and writing, gender and the construction of subjectivity in literature. Because it deals with specialized topics, it can supplement the more general course on “Gender Studies,” but it functions independently. The exact content and working bibliography of this course are announced on the webpage of the Postgraduate Programme at the beginning of the academic year in which the course is taught.
Students are evaluated on the basis of their in-class oral presentations, their weekly written reports, and a final research paper in a relevant area of their choice. In this final paper they are expected to demonstrate their ability to understand, evaluate and apply key concepts that have been discussed during the semester. The criteria applied by the instructor in evaluating the students' oral and written work include: (a) the correct and fluent use of English on an academic level, (b) the degree of originality of his/her ideas in relation to the bibliography cited, (c) the ability of the student to address a specific audience (d) the ability of the student to distinguish between related ideas and disagreements among scholars, and (e) to take a position with the necessary documentation. The student's final grade is calculated on the basis of the following percentages:
1. In-class oral presentations and weekly written reports: 40%
2. Final research paper: 60%