Myths of Gender (GEN 341)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Gender Studies (GEN)
Zeynep Gülrü Göker,
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How have we developed our ideas of what it means to be a woman and what it means to be a man? How do these ideas change historically and from one society to another? Asking these questions and others, this course aims to develop a critical awareness of how gender and sexuality have shaped and have been shaped by political, religious, economic, scientific, and cultural practices and discourses in different parts of the world, including Turkey.


  • Acquire an understanding of the fundamental issues, concepts and debates in the study of gender 
  • Explore various myths of gender and critically assess their sources and implications on social life 
  • Learn about the social construction of gender and sexuality 
  • Explore how gender shaped and is shaped by the society, economy, media, science and politics 
  • Learn how to utilize an intersectionality perspective in the analysis of social issues, structures and systems of power 
  • Explore how the existing norms and roles are challenged in everyday life and gender-based activisms


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. 3

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; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

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. 3

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 5

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 5

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 4

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 geography. 4

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

1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation.

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms.

4. Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes.

5. Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art.

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.

7. Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries.

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts.