Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Gender Studies

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Gender and Sexualities

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide an introduction to the academic discipline of Gender Studies and Feminism. Since entrants into the Master's Programmes can come from a variety of disciplines, this study-unit which is planned for the start of the programmes will help ease them into the discipline.

In this study-unit various areas related to women, gender and sexualities will be introduced, keeping interesctionality in the forefront. The way that the dominant discourse, and the dominant stereotypes inherent therein, shape our perceptions of self and of others, our beliefs and our realities, will be explored. Resultant discriminations, both structural/institutional and on an individual level will also be considered, as well as the impact that these have on individuals and groups.

As such this study-unit will act as a taster, touching on several important and current issues related to the discipline, encouraging the students to look beyond the facade, and 'open' their eyes, and acquire a gendered perspective.

Study-unit Aims:

- To introduce students to the academic disciplines of gender studies and feminism;
- To explore various areas related to women, gender and sexualities;
- To familiarise students with the concepts of intersectionality, structural and personal discrimination, and their impact on individuals and groups;
- Act as a 'taster' to encourage students to acquire a gendered perspective.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By means of an in-depth assignment the student will be able to describe and critically assess their understanding of gender studies and feminism and the way that structural inequalities impact on individuals and groups, keeping intersectionality in the forefront.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- apply their acquired gendered perspective to their realities, domestic, employment, leisure and other;
- solidify their foundational knowledge on gender studies and feminism to be able to build further on it;
- promote a gendered perspective.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Readings

- Davis, Kathy, Evans, Mary & Lorber, Judith (eds) (2006) The Sage Handbook of Gender and Women’s Studies. London: Sage.
- De Beauvoir, Simone (2010) The Second Sex. USA: Vintage Books. -
Launius, C. & Hassel, H. (2018) Threshold Concepts in Women's and Gender Studies: Ways of Seeing, Thinking and Knowing. 2nd Ed. New York: Routledge.
- Richardson, Dianne & Robertson, Victoria (eds) (2015) Introducing Gender and Women's Studies (4th Edition). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Spade, Joan Z. & Valentine, Catherine G. (2011). The Kaleidoscope of Gender, prisms, patterns, and possibilities.(3rd Ed.). USA: Pine Forge Press (a SAGE publication company).
- Watkins, S.A., Rueda, M. & Rodriguez, M. (1999) Introducing Feminism. UK: Icon Books Ltd.
- Woodward, K. (2011) The Short Guide to Gender. U.K.: Policy Press.

Supplementary Readings

Further readings related to the sessions will be provided during class.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Essay See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

LECTURER/S Josephine Ann Cutajar
Mary Darmanin
Angele Deguara
Aleksandar Dimitrijevic
Lara Maria Dimitrijevic
Nathalie Grima
Janet Mifsud
Marceline Naudi (Co-ord.)
Carmen Sammut
Rachael Scicluna
Charlene Vella

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