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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 rigorous studies of gender, sexuality, and race.

The Gender and Sexuality minor supports all university study programs by teaching students how to use sophisticated conceptual tools to analyze difference and diversity. Courses can be taken as electives, with preference given to students who register for the entire minor.

Maximum number of participants: 60
Prospectus number: 5000MGENDN
Class number: 1377
Language: English


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Eerste semester

Histories of Gender and Sexuality in Society and Culture 10
Voyeurism and Exhibitionism: Gender and Visual Culture 5

Tweede semester

Contemporary Visions of Gender and Sexuality 10
The Desire for the Other: Gender and Ethnicity 5

More info

Minor: for Leiden students; permission from Board of Examiners is not requiered
Extent: 30 ec
Intended for: students from all disciplines
Maximum amount of participants: 50
Language of instruction: English
Web address: Other modes of study
Coordinator: dr. E.A. Steinbock
For information: study coordinator mw. drs. E.M.T. Poolman
Enrolment: via uSis
Responsible Board of Examiners: Literatuur- en Mediawetenschappen