School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Postgraduate
Course code: GCS-4 Semester: 1st
Course Title: Historical approaches to gender: Manliness and Masculinity in Europe and USA, 19th century till the first half of 20th century
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
3 10
Course type: Special background, specialised general knowledge
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
Course website (Url): 


    Learning outcomes: Students familiarize themselves with special knowledge about the cultural construction of masculinity in different societies, historical periods and social/cultural contexts. They learn that masculinity issues can be understood only relationally, i.e. either to other analytical categories like class, sexuality, age, ethnicity, race or between different groups of men as well as between men and women. They finally familiarize themselves with various historical sources and different historical approaches to the study of masculinity.

    General Competences: 
    Students are required to study various texts of contemporary bibliography relating to the history of masculinity, as well as to analyse material from different kinds of sources, research methods and theoretical settings. The seminar requires both teamwork and individual initiative and efforts for all participant students who come to understand masculinity as a historical phenomenon. The lesson encourages interdisciplinary thinking and uses influences in theory and methodology from different disciplines (history, social anthropology, geography). Students develop knowledge and sensibilities about nowadays unequal and hierarchical social relations through the historical approach to gender.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course aims to show that like women, men are gendered subjects as well. Men’s identities can be understood only relationally, i.e. between different groups of men as well as between what is considered as “male” and what as “female”, and across the analytical categories of social difference like class, age, ethnicity, sexuality and race. The material is focused mainly on British, North American, French and German societies and covers the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Following a socio-cultural approach, the course goal is to examine the ways masculinity is represented socially, institutionally and politically across different social, cultural and historical contexts, as well as the various and diverse ways men pursue its performance. The examination of the historical construction of masculinity addresses multiple issues such as home, city, work, technology, nationalism, colonialism, war, consumerism, medicine and law.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Extensive use of visual material, power point, and the internet. Students have access to the page of the seminar in eclass.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Seminars 39
    Study and analysis of bibliography 45
    Discussion in class 20
    Autonomous study 56
    Final exams 20
    Final essay 70
    Course total: 250
    Student performance evaluation: Student evaluation is based on class participation, short papers presentation in class, final exams and final essay.


    Suggested bibliography:

    Students have access to
    where they find bibliography and source material and are guided for their reading on weekly basis.