Department of Development Studies, Palacky University, Olomouc

Introduction to gender studies

Lecturer: Dr. Urmila Goel,

The world is gendered. People, behaviour and nations are categorised as masculine or feminine. The masculine is the norm of theory and politics; women are seen in most cases as a special case. This course will offer an introduction to gender studies from a postcolonial studies perspective. We will discuss feminism, the social construction of gender, gender as a perspective of analysis and look at queer and intersectional criticism.

The course will offer brief introductions to critical theories in order to illustrate the basic approaches. We will read in particular theoretical texts from India. The meetings will be organised interactively. The students will be asked to apply the theories on the basis of the course literature both to their life in the Czech Republic and to development studies.

Handout as pdf

Time table

Thursday, 3rd October 2013: 14.00 – 17.30 hours Feminism – a postcolonial perspective
Friday, 4th October 2013: 10.00 – 13.30 hours Introduction to gender studies
Thursday, 10th October 2013: 14.00 – 17.30 hours Gender as a perspective of analysis
Friday, 11th October 2013: 10.00 – 13.30 hours Queer and intersectional criticism

The course literature will be made available as pdf by the middle of September.

Credit requirements:

© Urmila Goel, 2013