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Module D1: Interdisciplinary Theories and Methods of Gender Studies

Competence aims:

  • expansion of methodological knowledge concerning the academic preparation of a self-chosen topic and the ability to comprehensively present the topic
  • knowledge of the methods of interdisciplinary gender studies
  • ability to analyze, critically assess and independently present quantitative and qualitative data from a gender perspective
  • ability to select methods for research proposals from the social sciences and humanities and to translate them into an full-fledged project
  • well-founded knowledge of the interdisciplinary debate on gender categories
  • analytical comprehension of the central questions and concepts of gender studies in the humanities and social sciences

Learning content:

  • introduction to the methods of interdisciplinary gender studies
  • thematization and, via a gender perspective, expansion of the methods of the social sciences and the humanities
  • conveyance of the foundations of academic critique with which a gender-sensitive epistemology was developed
  • focus and evaluation of specific methodological applications by using varying (inter)disciplinary paradigms
  • critical examination of the central terms and theoretical approaches of gender studies
  • allocation of various constructions of gender stereotypes and normative gender role images to their respective historical contexts of origin
  • analysis of debates in the social sciences and humanities from a gender perspective
  • special consideration of the relations between epistemic interest and the selection of methods as well as (self-)reflection on the part of researchers themselves