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Code CULT 442
Term 201701
Title Gendered Memories of War and Political Violence
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Cultural Studies(CULT)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Ayse Gul Alt?nay,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
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(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture,Workshop,Seminar
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Task based learning

20th century has been ''a century of wars, global and local, hot and cold? (Catherine Lutz). The course explores the different ways in which war and political violence are remembered through a gender lens. Central questions include: what are the gendered effects of war, political violence, and militarization? How have wars, genocide and other forms of political violence been narrated and represented? How do women remember and narrate gendered violence in war? How are post-conflict processes and transitional justice gendered? What is the relationship between testimony, storytelling, and healing? How is the relationship between the ''personal'' and the ''public/national'' reconstructed in popular culture, film, literature, and (auto)biographical texts dealing with war, genocide, and other forms of political violence? How are wars memorialized and gendered through monuments, museums, and other memory sites? Besides others, case studies on Hungary, Turkey, Germany, Rwanda, former Yugoslavia, and Argentina will be used to elaborate the key concepts and debates in the emerging literature on gender, memory, and war.

Learning Outcome

-Constructing coherent and independent arguments based on critical, comparative evaluation of different sources
-Understanding the workings of power relations in the construction of memories
-Understanding the gendering of memory, particularly with reference to wars, genocides, and cases of political violence
-Understanding of Holocaust and other examples of genocide in a broad historical context and their impact on history writing
-Making critical and thoughtful use of a range of primary and secondary sources on political violence
-Understanding the importance of the mass media in confronting the historical experience of the wars and political violence, and to place debates around representational conventions and proprieties in historical, cultural and theoretical context
-Developing interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approaches to war and political violence
-Increasing awareness of local, regional and national heritage and its commemoralisation process; fostering personal responsibility as democratic citizens and promoting respect for human rights, especially for minority groups;
-Understanding of some of the major changes in the way wars, genocides and cases of political violence have been mediated, narrated and studied in the past decades
-Developing a critical understanding of how wars and genocides are gendered experiences
-Developing a critical perspective on the use of sexual violence in different wars, as well as the response to such violence by its victims and survivors
-Understanding feminist critiques of and contributions to memory studies and war/genocide/violence studies

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 4
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 4
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
International Studies Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives. 4
2 Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs. 4
3 Compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging global institutions. 3
4 Evaluate the international political events and present their views and positions on international affairs with advanced oral and written skills. 5
Visual Arts and Visual Communications Design Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts. 1
2 Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation. 1
3 Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms. 1
4 Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes. 5
5 Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art. 1
6 Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context. 5
7 Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries. 4
8 Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts. 1
Cultural Studies Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple methodologies and interpret different approaches, concepts, and theoretical legacies in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies. 5
2 Identify interconnections of knowledge within and across the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, literature, visual studies, philosophy, and psychology. 5
3 Cultivate a critical approach to the study of culture, articulating the relations between culture, power, and history; exploring cultural diversity and socio-cultural change at the local, national and global level; and exploring the corresponding demands for rights and social justice. 5
4 With the use of appropriate technologies, be able to present advanced oral and written evaluations of developments in the realm of cultural production, consumption, and representation. 5