Men and Mesculinities (GEN 480)

2023 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Gender Studies (GEN)
Cenk Özbay,
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CULT341 GEN341
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
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This course introduces students to be study of men as gendered social beings and masculinities as learnt, reproduced or challenged performances. Topics include an interdisciplinary examination of social and personal meanings of masculinity; variety of male experience by social class, race, sexuality, and age; emerging as boys/men;and public discourses and representations about changing masculinities.


This class aims to introduce men as gendered beings and masculinities as sets of social practice and performance. Our first purpose will be to stop taking masculinity as a guaranteed demeanor of being physically and biologically male and to start thinking on different situations where cultural performances of masculinity become visible. Regarding the increasing significance of theory and research in the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of masculinities, theorists point that masculinity is not a grounded, core, unitary element that connects men?s gender identities around the globe, but it is socially constructed vis-à-vis different axis of power such as race, ethnicity, class, body, sexuality, location, and age. Multiple masculinities can be encountered not only in different times and at different places, yet, within the same cultural milieu. These different masculinities coexist, relate, and compete through various power relations, and they inevitably change.


  • At the end of the semester students will be able to comprehend the ways to see men as gendered beings and masculinities as sets of social practice and performance.


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. 4

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. 3

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. 5

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. 5

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. 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

1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts. 5

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation. 5

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms. 5

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. 5

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. 5

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts. 5


  Percentage (%)
Midterm 30
Participation 20
Group Project 50