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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 novels, poetry, paintings, films, commercials, sculpture, scripture and historiography. Throughout the minor you will learn how to identify and reflect on diverse views about gender and sexuality in society and culture.

Maximum number of participants: 50
Prospectus number: 5000MGENDN
Class number: 1428
Language: English


Vak 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

Meer 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