FA48A Gender Issues

Spring 2020 | Ayhan Sahenk Hall | Tuesday 2:00-2:50 | Wednesday 2:00-2:50 | Thursday 2:00-2:50

Course Description

This course is an introduction to scholarly work on gender across a variety of fields. Gender is a complex and often vexed topic, as well as one that brings multiple disciplines into conversation. As such, this course brings together scholars and others to discuss gender from a variety of perspectives.

Gender Studies Committee:

Course Coordinator: Aslı Tekinay
Student Coordinator: Ethan Guagliardo
Coordinating Committee: Aylin Alkaç, Cihan Yurdaün

Please direct questions about the course to ethan.guagliardo@boun.edu.tr

Course Syllabus: FA 48A Gender Issues Syllabus

Required and optional reading materials can be downloaded from the weekly schedule.

Exams and Grading:

Grading & Rules

Answer Sheets

Digital Codes for the Departments

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

February 6

Constitution and Gender, Legal Rights | Bertil Emrah ODER, Koc Univ. Law School

Required Reading:

Constitution Assessment For Womens Equality

Factsheet Istanbul Convention

Lecture Material:

Gender and Constitutions

Week 2

February 11

Gender and Politics | Yesim ARAT, BU Political Science

Required Reading:

Feminism and Democracy

February 12

Discourse and Gender (1) | Didar AKAR, BU Linguistics

Required Reading:

Gender & Language 1

Lecture Material:

Language & Gender

February 13

Discourse and Gender (2) | AKAR, continued.

Required Reading:

Gender & Language 2

Week 3

February 18

Historiography and gender | Pelin BATU, author

Required Reading:

The Second Sex

Feminism and History

Lecture Material:

Historiography and Gender (Notes)

Historiography and Gender (Power Point)

February 19

Women in Mythology and Ancient History | BATU

Required Reading:

The Creation of Patriarchy

Lecture Material:

Women in Myth and Ancient History (Power Point)

Women in Mythology and Ancient History (Notes)

February 20

Women in Modern History (1789-present) | BATU

Required Reading:

From The Origins of Modern Feminism

Lecture Material:

Women in Modern History (Power Point)

Enlightenment (Notes)

Week 4

February 26

Folklore and gender | Arzu OZTURKMEN, BU History

Required Reading:

Women’s Folklore Women’s Culture

Encyclopedia of Women’s Folklore and Folklife

Optional Reading:

The Fourth World Baltimore Narratives, 1990

February 27

Women as Author in Medieval Europe: Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies | Leyla Kayhan ELBİRLİK, BU Western Languages and Literatures

Required Reading:

The Book of the City of Ladies

Lecture Material:

Christine de Pisan

Week 5

March 3

Women in the Ottoman Empire | ELBIRLIK

Required Reading:

Muslim Women in the Early Modern Era

Lecture Material:

Ottoman women

March 4

Intimate relations, sexuality and its problems (1) | Arsaluys KAYIR, IU School of Medicine

Required Reading:

Sexuality

Womanhood in Turkey with its Cultural Aspects

Optional Reading:

Understanding Adult Love

Lecture Material:

Sexuality I

March 5

Intimate relations, sexuality and its problems (2) | Arsaluys KAYIR, IU School of Medicine

Required Reading:

Sexuality and Relationships

Intimate Relationships

Causes of Sexual Problems

Optional Reading:

Güvenli Cinsellik

Lecture Material:

Sexuality II

Week 6

March 10

Gender stereotyping and its implications (1) | Nur Soylu YALCINKAYA, BU Psychology

Required Reading:

Ryan & Branscombe: Social Comparison

Lecture Material:

The Social Psychology of Gender

March 11

Gender stereotyping and its implications (2) | Nur Soylu YALCINKAYA, BU Psychology

Required Reading:

Ryan & Branscombe: Stereotype Threat

Lecture Material:

Culture and Gender Differences

March 12

Gender stereotyping and its implications (3) | Nur Soylu YALCINKAYA, BU Psychology

Required Reading:

Ryan & Branscombe: Precarious Manhood

Lecture Material:

Gender-Science Stereotypes

Midterm I – March 16, Monday. 18:00-19:00

Week 7

March 17

Mary Wollstonecraft | Naz BULAMUR, BU Western Languages

Required Reading:

Mary Wollstonecraft

Lecture Material:

Mary Wollstonecraft

March 18

Margaret Fuller | BULAMUR

Required Reading:

Margaret Fuller

Lecture Material:

Margaret Fuller

March 19

Virginia Woolf | BULAMUR

Required Reading:

Virginia Woolf

Lecture Material:

Virginia Woolf

Week 8

March 24

Social Policy and Gender | Fatoş GÖKŞEN, Koç University Sociology

Required Reading:

Gender and Social Policy (Sheila Shaver)

Lecture Material:

Gender and Social Policy

March 25

Family, Nation, State | Nükhet SIRMAN

Required Reading:

Family Feuds: Gender-Nationalism and the Family

Lecture Material:

Nükhet Sirman (Lecture part 1)

Nükhet Sirman (Lecture part 2)

March 26

Week 9

March 31

Film Session: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

A Guide to find the Movie

April 1

Migration, Cultural Diversity, Gender Equality | Dilek ÇINAR, BU Political Science

Required Reading:

Women and Migration

Lecture Material:

Gender Migration Part I

April 2

Multiculturalism vs. Feminism | ÇINAR

Required Reading:

Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?

Optional Reading:

Leti Volpp: Feminism Versus Multiculturalism

Lecture Material:

Gender Migration Part II

Week 10

April 7

Violence against Women | Gülşah SERAL, Author

Required Reading:

Istanbul Convention

Lecture Material:

Violence Against Women

April 8

Resisting Violence and Discrimination | SERAL

Required Reading:

Shadow NGO Report

Lecture Material:

Resisting Violence and Discrimination

Consent

April 9

Gender and Education in Turkey (1) | Canan Aratemur ÇİMEN, Education consultant

Required Reading:

Gender Theory and Research in Education

Optional Reading:

The Problem of Gender Categorisation

Lecture Material:

Gender & Education

Virginia Woolf

Week 11

April 14

Gender and Education in Turkey (2) | ÇİMEN

Required Reading:

Gender and Education in Turkey

Optional Reading:

Educating Little Soldiers and Little Ayses

Lecture Material:

Gender & Education 

April 15

Women & Sciences | Betul TANBAY, BU Mathematics

April 16

Neuroscientific Approach to Gender | Özlem GÜNAL, Rutgers Psychiatry

Required Reading:

McCarthy

Cahill

Lecture Material:

Neuroscientific Approach to Gender

Spring Break

Week 12

April 28

Participation of women in the Turkish workforce | Selcen ÇAKIR, BU economics

Required Reading:

Decent Work and Women’s Empowerment

Lecture Material:

Female Labor Force

April 29

Equality, discrimination, unconscious bias, sexism, ambivalent sexism | Ece OZTAN, BU Political Science

Required Reading:

Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations

Lecture Material:

Power Point

Zoom Recording

April 30

Gender division of labour; work-life balance; gender equality in the workplace | OZTAN

Required Reading:

Maze of Metaphors Around Glass Ceilings

Optional Reading:

An Ambivalent Alliance: Hostle and Benevolent Sexism as Complementary Justificaion for Gender Inequality

Lecture Material:

Power Point

Zoom Recording

Midterm II – April 30, Thursday. 18:00-19:00

Week 13

May 5

The glass ceiling phenomenon | Hayat KABASAKAL, BU Management

Required Reading:

How Women End Up on the ‘Glass Cliff’

Lecture Material:

Women in Management & Leadership (1 of 3)

Lecture Recording

TED Sherly Sandberg

May 6

Sex-role theory and stereotypes about women managers | KABASAKAL

Required Reading:

The Different Words We Use to Describe Male and Female Leaders

Lecture Material:

Women in Management & Leadership (2 of 3)

Lecture Recording

TED Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jordan

May 7

Flexible work hours for new mothers and related problems | KABASAKAL

Required Reading:

Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers

Lecture Material:

Women in Management & Leadership (3 of 3)

Lecture Recording

Interview: Indra Nooyi

Week 14

May 12

Gender issue as part of the problem of “othering” | Dilek DİZDAR, Mainz Intercultural Studies

Required Reading:

“Metonymic Models” Lakoff

“Otherness” Zevallos

“Discrimination” Pincus

Optional Reading:

List

Lecture Material:

Othering