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Gender and Sexuality in Society and Culture

Is sex only a question of biology? Is sexuality the “natural” consequence of sexual difference? How do difference and desire influence ethnicities and “race”? Since the 20th century these questions have been responded to in startling new ways. Masculinity and femininity are not seen as unique essences, but as cultural constructions: the term “gender” has changed our vision of the world. Also sexuality is not just seen as a sheer force of nature, but as a powerful social experience. Likewise, cultural difference, race and ethnicity have their own social histories and ideologies.
This minor explores social constructions of femininity and masculinity, normal and perverse sexuality and racial marking through cultural texts like manifestos, music videos, novels, poetry, paintings, films, commercials, sculpture, scripture and historiography. It aims to connect present day cultural activism to relevant genealogies of intellectual rigor. The Gender and Sexuality minor supports all university study programs by teaching students how to use sophisticated conceptual tools to analyze difference and diversity.

Maximum number of participants: 60
Prospectus number: 5000MGENDN
Class number: 1247
Language: English


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Eerste semester

Histories of Gender and Sexuality in Society and Culture 10
The Desire for the Other: Gender and Ethnicity 5

Tweede semester

Contemporary Visions of Gender and Sexuality 10
Voyeurism and Exhibitionism: Gender and Visual Culture 5

More info

Minor: voor Leidse studenten; geen toestemming examencommissie vereist
Omvang: 30 ec
Bedoeld voor: studenten uit alle disciplines
Maximum aantal deelnemers: 50
Voertaal: Engels
Webadres: keuzeruimte
Coördinator: mw. dr. E.A. Steinbock
Voor informatie: studiecoördinator mw. drs. E.M.T. Poolman
Aanmelding: via uSis
Verantwoordelijke examencommissie: Literatuur- en Mediawetenschappen