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Learning Activities — knowledge provided during the course: ‘Gender’ is the overarching concept for research which is oriented on the inventory and analysis of power relations between men and women and also within men or women. Gender is the social-cultural counterpart to sexual difference. Gender studies is guided by the social-constructivist insight brought home by Simone de Beauvoir (1990 [1949]) that we are not born as women (or as men) but that we are made woman in a society characterized by patriarchal gender relations. Research in gender studies is concerned with critically reviewing the rigid patterns of patriarchal relations and is not bogged down by a biological, deterministic concept of men and women. Descriptive research focused on tracking power relations at an individual, institutional, national, and geopolitical level is one aspect of gender studies, but specifying recommendations to implement change is also a concern. Gender studies is interested, for example, in the statistics and surveys that reveal in which cases women and men are either or not equal to one another, but it also studies feminist utopias and other possible world imaginings. These investigations are subsumed in the term ‘gender’, because it is a theoretical and multi-layered concept which demands for researchers to be competent or at ease in more than one academic discipline. As per Sandra Harding’s definition (1986), the term ‘gender’ shows in what sense individual, social and institutional structures and symbols are male or female or have masculine or feminine connotations. In the majority of cultures it is still the case that masculinity – whether referring to concrete persons of the male sex or to symbols with masculine connotations – is valued higher than femininity. Because of the many dimensions involved in gender, researchers in gender studies require the knowledge and insights from diverse academic disciplines in order to fathom the complexity of core problematics in gender studies. Interdisciplinarity is therefore an essential constitutive requirement for gender studies; — the application of a book “Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture” supplies the students with the knowledge about the ways in which gender studies has evolved and offers insight into certain developments within specific humanity disciplines; — the application of a book “Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture” and the leading theme of ‘woman warriors’ show students 106

Gender Studies Tuning Brochure  

Tuning Educational Structures in Europe The name Tuning was chosen for the project to refl ect the idea that universities do not look for u...

Gender Studies Tuning Brochure  

Tuning Educational Structures in Europe The name Tuning was chosen for the project to refl ect the idea that universities do not look for u...

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