School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Postgraduate
Course code: GCS-1 Semester: 1st
Course Title: Theories of Gender
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
3 10
Course type: Compulsory
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek (and english)
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes, with tutorials in english and written assignments
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    Learning outcomes: The aim of the course is to provide knowledge of the contemporary feminist and queer theories and their historical trajectories.  The use of these theories in the analysis of the society.

    General Competences: 
    Working in an interdisciplinary environment.
    Production of new research ideas.
    Respect for difference.
    Experience in powerpoint presentations.
    Search for analysis and synthesis of data both in bibliography and in fieldwork.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course aims to the presentation of the main theoretical approaches to gender and sexuality from ‘70s until now. Emphasis will be given to the contemporary feminist and queer theories in USA. The course starts with a short introduction to the formation of “women’s studies” in ‘70s and their evolution into “gender studies”. Also, basic topics of these studies as the relation between sex and gender will be presented. Afterwards, the discussion on sexuality, the “sex wars” in the feminist theory and movement from ’80 until now will be presented. The “sex wars” are linked to the dialogue between feminist and queer theory. Next, we will examine the main i.e. constructivist, poststructuralist and psychoanalytical theories on sexual identity. Finally, we will present recent studies of queer theorists concerning the termporality, history and the queer of color critique. .


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Powerpoint presentations, use of electronic platform (eclass).
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    lectures and presentations 26
    discussion 13
    preparation of presentations 65
    written essay 80
    autonomous study 100
    Course total: 284
    Student performance evaluation: language of evaluation: greek and english (in the case of non-greek speaking students)

    methods of evaluation:
    oral participation.
    written essay


    Suggested bibliography:

    Μπακαλάκη Α. 1994 (επιμέλεια) Ανθρωπολογία, γυναίκες και φύλο. Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια
    Γιαννακόπουλος K. 2006 (επιμέλεια) Σεξουαλικότητα. Θεωρίες και πολιτικές της ανθρωπολογίας. Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια
    Butler, J. 1993 Bodies that matter Routledge: London and New York
    Foucault M. 2011 Ιστορία της σεξουαλικότητας Ι. Η βούληση για γνώση. Αθήνα: Πλέθρον.
    Edelman L. 2004 No Future. Queer Theory and the Death Drive. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
    Munoz E. J. 2009 Cruising Utopia. The Then and There of Queer Futurity. New York: New York University Press.
    Freeman E. 2010 Time Binds. Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
    Freccero C. 2006 Queer/Early/Modern. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

    Related academic journals:

    Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory.
    GLQ. A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies