The minor in Gender Studies introduces students to the study of gender and investigates how male and female differences can be interpreted across a range of cultural variables.
In addition to exploring a variety of theoretical approaches and debates related to gendered institutions (the family, work, the media) and gendered interactions (friendship, love, sex), students will also consider current issues related to the changing nature of global gender relations.
Minor Requirements – US Credits 18 – UK Credits 72
COM 5110 (3.000 CREDITS) Masculinities and Feminisms
This course familiarizes students with current debates in cultural and media studies related to the social construction and enactment of gendered identities. The first part of the course explores the impact of feminist politics and postfeminist culture on the spectrum of masculinities. The second part adopts a cross- cultural perspective and considers the influence of global media on consumption practices and social change.
FLM 5410 (3.000 CREDITS) Gender in Film
This course explores key concepts that have shaped the study of gender in film in the past 50 years. It considers different spectators’ viewing positions and analyses how historical and social changes in the construction of masculinities and femininities have shaped specific film genres. A variety of issues related to sexuality, race/ethnicity and non-western representations are also considered as students are encouraged to study film texts closely to make their own readings based on the semiotics of the film and the ideology behind it.
LIT 5410 (3.000 CREDITS) Gender and Sexuality in Cont Literature
This course provides students with as variety of conceptual frameworks in which to understand gendered perspectives in contemporary world literature. The representation of sexual identities in texts will also be explored, as students consider the relationship between gender and genre, and situate the writings within their socio-cultural contexts.
PLT 6420 (3.000 CREDITS) Gender, Politics and Intl Relations
Explores the field of gender and politics. It addresses both theoretical and practical concerns. Starting from an analysis of the concept of gender, the course moves on to a discussion of feminist theory, followed by feminist criticisms of political and IR theory. The main body of the course is comprised of the examination of a range of issues from gendered perspectives including: nationalism, democracy, security and war, development and political economy.
SCL 4110 (3.000 CREDITS) Gender and Culture
This course introduces students to the study of gender and investigates how male and female differences can be interpreted across a range of cultural variables. In addition to exploring a variety of theoretical approaches and debates related to gendered institutions (the family, work, the media) and gendered interactions (friendship, love, sex), students will also consider current issues related to the changing nature of global gender relations.
plus ONE of the following
DEV 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) Global Development Politics
Examines the global politics of development and of developing states, and various social, economic and environmental themes surrounding post-war attempts to promote development. The course will consider both development theory and practice in the context of globalization, and provide an overview of the history of global development from economic miracles to failed states. A range of contemporary development debates and issues are addressed.
THR 6205 (3.000 CREDITS) Contemp Brit Theatre:Lost Boys Bad Girls
A survey of the major developments in the British theatre since the 1950’s.The writer’s theatre movement at the Royal Court Theatre and the work of John Osborne and Harold Pinter are studied, as well as the work of major dramatists such as Peter Shaffer and Tom Stoppard. Students see a number of experimental and controversial productions and discuss current playwriting and acting techniques.
At least three of the upper division courses required for a minor must be taken at Richmond. No more than three courses may overlap within a degree between a student’s major and any minor.