Transnational Constructions of Gender MODLANG5009

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will develop students' knowledge and practice of gender studies by engaging with case studies from across modern languages, literatures and cultures. This course offers transnational perspectives on the cultural construction of gender in order to show how discussions of gender are always implicated in political, national and ideological affiliations.

Timetable

One two-hour seminar per week in semester 2 ( = 11 x 2 hour sessions)

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry requirement to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Book review of relevant item of secondary literature (due middle of Semester 2): 1000 words = 20%

Assessed essay (due end of Semester 2): 4000 words = 80%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To develop students' knowledge and practice of gender studies by engaging with case studies from

  across modern languages, literatures and cultures

To develop students' critical reading and interpretive skills through analysis of specific case studies

To achieve an in-depth awareness of the national and transnational frameworks involved in cultural

  constructions of gender.

To enable students to articulate their own analyses of how gender and sexuality intersect with

  national and cultural belonging

To enable students to apply gender studies perspectives, focusing on gendered experiences of

  relationships and the work-life balance in different historical and political contexts, as well as on

  gendered inflections of aesthetic forms

To ground students' work on gender in a transnational framework, and, in doing so, enable students

  to apply an enhanced understanding of gender studies to their own area(s) of expertise.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Assess how gender discourse intersects with (trans-)national, ethic and class discourse

■ Interpret a given cultural case-study in terms of interlocking ideologies of gender, sexuality and nationality

■ Analyse gendered experiences of work, relationships and the work-life balance in different historical and political contexts

■ Engage with a wide variety of frameworks and approaches to gender studies including literary and   film studies, transnational history and cultural memory

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.