Postgraduate Gender Courses
Faculty of Philosophy
2010-2011

School of Philology

Winter semester

Linguistic interaction and gender
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: Th.-S. Pavlidou
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’

School of English Language and Literature

Winter semester

Screening gender, sexuality and race
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: N. Rehling
Course Code: Lit8-558

This course aims to introduce students to the politics of representation by focusing on screenings of gender, sexuality and race in a variety of cinematic texts. It explores the intersectionality of gender, sexuality and race in filmic representations, as well as analyzing how these categories are further inflected by other identity categories such as class, ethnicity and nation. To this end, it acquaints students with the necessary tenets of key theoretical paradigms, including feminist film theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and psychoanalysis. By having set films for discussion each week, the course aims to develop students’ ability to engage in detailed readings of film texts in terms of representations of gender, sexuality and race. It also encourages students to view films as texts that carry and produce multiple (often conflicting) ideological meanings, to consider (and problematise) the relationship between spectator and text, and to interrogate ways in which the production and reception of filmic texts are influenced by social, cultural and political contexts, as well as institutional and financial demands. Topics covered include cinema and/as ideology; gendering the gaze; feminism and the ethics of the spectacle; the visual regime of race; gender, race and genre (with a focus on action movies, film noir, and melodrama); filmic femininities and masculinities; racialising sexual difference and sexuality on screen; the intersectionality of gender, race, class and nation (with a focus on British cinema); feminist filmmaking; new queer cinema; black filmmaking. Students will be assessed by their in-class presentations (20%), their overall class participation (20%), and a final research paper (60%).