Postgraduate Gender Courses
Faculty of Philosophy
2009-2010

School of Philology

Winter semester

Linguistic interaction and gender
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: Th.-S. Palvidou
Course Code: GLO 817

The course focuses on the dialectic relation between linguistic interaction and social structures, in particular on the construction and representation of the social category of gender through language. Feminist approaches that regard gender as doing or performance (and, hence, situate gender within interaction, without, however, providing the necessary tools for its study) are discussed, leading to the examination of theories of linguistic interaction that can contribute to the study of gendered identities and their construction in interaction. Conversation Analysis, offering several advantages over other approaches to interaction, is critically assessed on naturalistic data from conversation.

School of Philosophy and Pedagogy in cooperation with the School of Psychology

Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme of Studies entitled: 'Training educational/school psychologists to the pedagogy of gender equality’

The following modules are embodied in the Postgraduate Programme of Studies. The specific program of each semester is announced shortly before its commencement.

  • Theoretical and historical approaches for the issue of gender in education
    Course Code: DT 100Α
  • Methodology of research: research seminar and applications
    Course Code: DT 100Β
  • New theoretical trends and research concerns for the promotion of gender equality in education
    Course Code: DT 200Α
  • The issue of gender in the analytical programme and the educational process
    Course Code: DT 200Β
  • Suggestions for the promotion of gender equality in the educational process
    Course Code: DT 300Α

School of English Language and Literature

Winter semester

Contemporary cultural studies: Postmodernism, cybertheory, cyberfeminism and posthumanism in the United States
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: D. Pastourmatzi
Course Code: ALit 9-589

Course objective: This course is designed to familiarize students with the concepts, theories, mind-sets, and practices of the current social, historical, political and cultural condition called postmodernity as it manifests itself in the United States. Through the study of technoscientific, cultural, literary and cinematic narratives written by influential postmodern thinkers, cultural critics, theorists, and writers, the course will explore the assumptions, the complexities, the contradictions, the futuristic visions and the techno-fantasies of the postmodern era. Specifically, the class will 1) study the development of science and technology in the United States and the role technoscience has played and continues to play in American culture, in the American way of life, and in the American mind-set; 2) probe into the current technological inventions and the supporting paradigms that generate and promote cyberspace, a world of simulacra and virtual reality; 3) explore the emergence of Cyberfeminism and its reaction to the “computer age” or the “information age”; 4) scrutinize the postmodern icon of the gendered cyborg, the notion a “cyborg identity” and the technologies that sustain it; 5) explore the impact of technoscience on the human flesh-and-blood body and its transformation into a “technobody,” as well as the cognitive shifts in the conceptualization and representation of the human subjectivity (what it means to be human?); 6) examine the promises, prospects, risks and dangers of an emerging transhumanism and of a “posthuman” future. Finally, the class will approach critically several short stories, novels and films which engage in this cultural debate under way in the United States.
Required Texts
Theory: Steven Best and Douglass Kellner, The Postmodern Adventure (2001)
Novels: Anne Harris, Accidental Creatures (1998), Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (2003) Robert J, Sawyer, Mindscan (2005), Walter Mosley, Futureland (2001)
Also: a packet of photocopied material