15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module addresses how gender research has contested the concepts of public and private spaces and challenged traditional ideas concerning the proper remit of state intervention in a European context. It analyses gendered definitions of the public and the private from different disciplinary, theoretical and cultural perspectives, drawing on examples from a variety of European national contexts. It discusses both the lived practice and representations of men and women in employment, in the home and in the community. The influence of the state in all these areas is addressed and the limits of state intervention, particularly in the private realm, assessed. Cross-national comparative analysis of the role of the state in different European countries as regards gender relations is a central component of the module.

Staff Contact: Prof J Windebank
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Oral presentation (10 mins)

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