London, United Kingdom

Gender Studies

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module will provide an overview of ‘classical’ and contemporary theorizations of gender, and of the multiple ways in which gender is encountered in every aspect of our lives. The different ways of defining gender issues and shaping gender politics in Western and non-Western societies will be considered. We will study the historical and cultural contexts in which the main debates have arisen and analyse themes such as gender, identity, sexuality, motherhood, nationhood, ethnicity, ‘race’ and religion.

A variety of genres including press, novel, film and essay will be examined with the purpose of considering how gender and sexuality are conceptualised within Western society, focusing on the UK. Students will explore how media and popular culture can reinforce or challenge traditional notions of gender that perpetuate inequalities.

Course leader

Dr Mazal Oaknin is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She teaches Spanish language and literature at University College London, where she is also a Language Coordinator. She has also taught Spanish in Malaga, New York, Paris and Birmingham. She is

Target group

Students should have completed at least one year of undergraduate study before the start of the ocurse. This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Course aim

This module aims to introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of Gender Studies with a focus on the
humanities. It seeks to explore gender as a social construct shaped by race, class, sexuality, disability, and nation;
and to familiarise students with feminist theories of oppression, power, and resistance.

The main objective of this module is to prepare students to understand how the study of gender contributes to
other academic fields, particularly the humanities, and to equip them with the tools to critically analyse written
and media texts that deal with gender. Thus, students will be able to reflect critically upon their own views and
experiences of gender and to engage in constructive discussion about them.

Credits info

7.5 EC
15 UCL credits, 7.5 ECTS, 4 US

Fee info

GBP 2100: Tuition fees are £2100
GBP 1100: Accommodation (optional) costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.