GENDER 101G Global and Local
GENDER 101G | Open | Semester One 2021 | City Campus | 15 points
How do gender identity, difference and politics shape our sense of who we are, and our social and political worlds? In this course we will explore the fundamental issues that gender studies reveals for us: the difference between sex and gender; the meaning and significance of identity and difference; how we think about sexualities; the influence of concepts like ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’ and how these are embodied and represented in social and political life, in person and online. We’ll examine gender as it’s mobilized in social and political movements, both national and global, and as it’s expressed in the media and in popular culture. We’ll also look at the ways in which gender shapes our understanding of history and our reading of literary texts, and at social issues like the division of labour and sexual violence. Finally, we’ll explore the ways in which thinking about gender has changed over the past half a century, and continues to change today. Guest lectures by experts on these topics will help us navigate them and help us understand what is at stake.
This interdisciplinary course is suitable for all students with an interest in exploring the meaning and significance of gender. It will equip you for more advanced courses in gender studies, but also for further study in the social sciences, humanities and law.
Restriction: GENDER 100