This is the core course for all Gender Institute Masters and first-year PhD students and is team-taught by Gender Institute faculty. The course with a review of the formative influences on the development of gender theory, including the sex/gender distinction, race and intersectionality, economics and production/reproduction, theories of difference and the implications for analysis of a variety of sites including political representation, psychoanalysis and its impact on considering aspects of the social. The second term extends these foundations by providing further grounding in questions of structure and agency, sexualities, masculinities and rights. The course considers the impact of gender analysis on key areas of social science investigation, and develops these with particular attention to location, ethics and the importance of global or transnational dimensions. This course provides a thorough grounding for work across all other courses and for the dissertation module.
The aims of this course are to enable students to:
- Become familiar with the fullest range of gender theories with particular attention to the intersections of gender, sexuality and race;
- Consider gender theory from a range of disciplinary perspectives;
- Develop a critical appreciation of different theories of gender;
- Use gender theory to inform their appreciation of existing work in their own disciplines and in an interdisciplinary context;
- Use the analysis of gender relations as a basis for case study evaluation and research;
- Further, where practical, the development of gender theory, either in their own discipline or in an interdisciplinary context.