Gender Courses
Faculty of Philosophy
2011-2012

WINTER SEMESTER

School of Philology

Gender studies and the humanities
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: M. Mike (in cooperation with K. Kitsi-Mytakou)
Course Code: GLO/GSG 400

The course aims at introducing basic issues with regard to the production and teaching of scientific knowledge that were raised by Gender Studies, as a consequence of the women’s movement in the late ’60s; for example, how do the socially constructed differences and inequalities between men and women inform the objects of inquiry, the scientific theories and methodologies, and so on. Part of the course will be conducted in the form of a Ringvorlesung with contributions by colleagues working in different fields of the humanities, e.g. Social Anthropology, History, Education, Philology, etc. The conceptualization of gender holds a pivotal position in the above investigations: gender as performance (Judith Butler) will be a basic tenet throughout the course, including the written assignment.
Assessment: a) written assignment, b) oral presentation or written examination.

School of Philosophy and Pedagogy

Approaches to the history of women’s education in Greece
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: R. Ziogou-Karastergiou
Course Code: P 1501

The aim of the seminar is:
a) The familiarization of students to issues such as female nature, education, social role, that were raised historically by the European philosophers and Greek intellectuals during the 18th and up to the 20th century.
b) The study of the process of women's education in Greece and c) the awareness of the methodological issues involved in the study of the historical sources.                                     Contents (draft outline of the topics)
a) Philosophical and historical approaches:
·Womanhood and Enlightenment, Humanism, Social Darwinism, Political Philosophy of 19th century, New Education Movement of the 20th century
·Gender and History: Women's history, historical and contemporary gender dichotomies
b) Approaches to Women's education in Greece
·The process of getting access in education
·The process of women's primary, secondary and tertian education
·Women teachers in 19th century: social and cultural identity, social and educational role and identity
c) Methodology
Feminist Methodology in education: Autobiography and oral history - the oral history's importance for the study of women's issues. In-depth interview, discourse analysis.                                             
During the seminar students are required to study given historical sources (autobiographies, literature, educational bills, legislative acts) with certain research methods, to write their work in an essay and to present it in the classroom.

Education and Gender
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: R. Ziogou-Karastergiou
Course Code: P 1404

SPRING SEMESTER

School of Philology

Linguistic sexism and the claiming of the symbolic
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: Th.-S. Pavlidou
Course Code: GLO 395

The aim of the course is to investigate the relationship between language and gender as a an instance of how language is related to society. Taking various sociolinguistic and feminist approaches to gender into account, the course will focus on the workings of language and linguistic interaction through which women (and more generally, the weaker social groups) are excluded from the symbolic domain and its construction or are presented from the point of view of the dominant social group. Ultimately, what is aimed at is the re-signification of the linguistic system and the changing of linguistic representations through linguistic interaction.
Assessment: group written assignments and oral examinations.

School of Philosophy and Pedagogy

Life histories as a research method : women 's autobiographies and biographies
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: R. Ziogou-Karastergiou, E. Hontolidou
Course Code: P 1444

School of German Language and Literature

Kulturwissenschaft: Weibliche Topographie Berlins
(3 hours/3 credits)
Instructor: S. Delianidou
Course Code: P 1444

Sowohl das Berlin der Weimarer Republik als auch Berlin nach 1989 bieten anscheinend einen idealen Raum für die Konstruktion neuer Geschlechterrollen und die Neukonzeption der Geschlechterverhältnisse. Wir  wollen dieses Phänomen einer imaginären Geographie und weiblichen Topographie anhand mehrerer literarischer Texte untersuchen. Die Schlagworte Neue Frau für die Literatur der WR und  Fräuleinwunder für die Literatur nach 1989 müssen dabei geklärt werden.

Leistungsnachweis: regelmäßige und aktive Teilnahme am Seminar, Referat und schriftliche Hausarbeit.