Courses

The PhD Preparation Seminar is a mandatory course for first-year PhD students in Comparative Gender Studies at CEU. It is a workshop-style course designed to guide probationary doctoral students through the conceptualization and development of the PhD Thesis Proposal and accompanying Fields and Themes Paper, the...
Instructor: Éva Fodor
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this seminar is to help students with the writing of their dissertation. Each student presents at least one (draft) chapter, together with a (draft) table of contents, which will help clarify the function of the chapter in the thesis, and the chapter’s and thesis’s overall arguments.The seminar’s core...
Instructor: Eszter Timár
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for 1 year program, the first year students in 2 year MA in Critical Gender Studies program; 1st year Matilda students, compulsory for GEMMA students in the first year, and for those GEMMA students in the second year who intend to defend their thesis at CEU.This course is designed to help students develop...
Credits: 1.0
Academic Writing Part 2  Group 1, 2, 3
Instructor: Sara Meger
Credits: 1.0
Aims and ObjectivesThe aim of this course is to provide students from the 2nd year of their studies onwards with the skills necessary for completing a successful Gender dissertation in a timely fashion and to help students develop writing skills that they can use after the completion of their studies. 
Instructor: Andrea Kirchknopf
Credits: 2.0
This course is designed to develop understandings, skills, and outlooks to conduct and present original, independent research in gender studies to help students prepare for their MA research. The aims are to learn how to design and conduct an original research project, to develop skills in research methodology, to be...
Instructor: Andrea Peto
Credits: 2.0
One of the main theoretical anchor points of poststructuralist feminist and queer theory is the Foucauldean insight that power, conceived of as a dynamically shifting system of force relations, is everywhere. A corollary of this insight concerns the necessary rethinking of our conventional understandings of what...
Instructor: Eszter Timár
Credits: 2.0
This in an introductory course in the developing field of studies on communism and gender, in which we will explore historical, theoretical and global perspectives on the topic.Mainstream narratives about communism in Europe or China depict it as oppressive, gloomy, and a failure. In 1956 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s...
Instructor: Francisca de Haan
Credits: 4.0
Mandatory for MATILDA students.The aim of the course is to investigate theoretical and methodological problems related to the knowledge production in post-disciplinary age.The first part of the course is dealing with the concept of interdisciplinarity and its different interpretations. The conceptual differences...
Instructor: Jasmina Lukic
Credits: 2.0
What are the impacts of global politics on gender, and how has gender influenced global politics? These are the two central questions of this course. This course is designed for students to think both conceptually and practically about the implementation of gender norms, concepts, and frameworks to global policy. As...
Instructor: Sara Meger
Credits: 2.0
Critical Race Theory emerged in American legal academia at the end of the 1980s as a critique of the limitations both of orthodox liberal civil rights scholarship and of the failure to address race by scholars belonging to Critical Legal Studies. Since then, critical race theorists have developed a rich body of...
Instructor: Mathias Möschel
Credits: 1.0
This course is one of the mandatory courses in the field of methodology. It focuses on the interdisciplinary category of ‘discourse’ that conceptualizes the use of various sign systems as an integral part of social events. The major aim on the one hand is to explore how discourse as an explanatory category in...
Instructor: Erzsébet Barát
Credits: 2.0
This course explores the history of labor from a global and transnational perspective. Lectures will highlight important debates that have emerged in the field of labor history, with an emphasis on the concepts and categories that have been interrogated and challenged in twenty-first century scholarship. There will be...
Instructor: Marsha Siefert
Credits: 4.0
This course is designed to introduce students to the methodological and theoretical approaches to cultural history and everyday life experience and apply these approaches to much larger social concerns like the study of empires and their aftermaths.  Until recently, the study of economic, “hard-data” tabulation-types...
Credits: 4.0
This course is aimed at giving a general overview of approaches to family from a feminist perspective, with special focus on gender and sexuality. It strives to dismantle taken-for-granted assumptions about the family, explore its less widely acknowledged forms, and explore how it is influenced by gender, sexuality,...
Instructor: Rita Béres-Deák
Credits: 2.0
What do memorial displays for those who died from AIDS tell us about public mourning as a political measure of the (disavowed) sexuality? How might performances of dancers and other artists with disabilities challenge the normative perception of gendered and racialized desire/desirability? How do bio-artistic,...
Instructor: Hyaesin Yoon
Credits: 4.0
This course is an introduction to the materiality and particularity of power relations of gender/sexuality in and through popular culture in general, and in various genres in the media in particular, mostly related to television and advertising. The course is an exploration of the emergence and the subsequent...
Instructor: Erzsébet Barát
Credits: 4.0
On-going debates on the secular and the religious call for a rethinking of the historical, analytical and conceptual frames under which common concepts of these two were conceived. In particular, this rethinking has to integrate changing forms of religious expression and the globalization of religious movements. The...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
This is an introductory course which is designed to familiarize students with some of the basic concepts and arguments in the broad interdisciplinary field of “gender studies”.  The first part of the course will address different understandings of the concept of sex/gender in an effort to introduce students to the...
Instructor: Éva Fodor
Credits: 4.0
This is an introductory course which is designed to familiarize students with some of the basic concepts and arguments in the broad interdisciplinary field of “gender studies.”  The first part of the course will address the notions of sex and gender in an effort to introduce students to the variety of ways in which,...
Instructor: Sara Meger
Credits: 4.0
Building on the FGS I, this course explores major contributions in feminist scholarship after the first and second waves of feminism. In this course, we will discuss the feminist inquiries that emerge from questioning the universal category of “woman,” tracing the multiple (and sometimes conflicting) approaches to...
Instructor: Hyaesin Yoon
Credits: 2.0
2 CEU credits (4 ECTS). Winter term. Group C. Core course in feminist theory for the first year GEMMA students (students register with one of the two groups)This course will focus on the multiple and sometimes conflicting ways feminist theory produced scholarship since 1980 which sought to deploy the concept of...
Instructor: Eszter Timár
Credits: 2.0
This course introduces the various ways in which migration is gendered, and why it is important to explore migration through this lens in order to understand how the processes and transformations impact men, women, and children. We will engage with theories that open up a conversation about migration in historical...
Instructor: Nadia Jones-Gailani
Credits: 4.0
This course examines some of the major theoretical approaches to and empirically grounded analyses of the ways in which national/ist discourses and practices are gendered and sexualized. The course approaches the concept of nation and its close variants – ethnic and cultural identities, nation-states, citizenship and...
Instructor: Elissa Helms
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to introduce the students to selected issues of the "Gender and politics" literature that has evolved considerably over the last 20 years and now permeates all sub-fields of political science, from political theory to comparative politics, public policy, political economy and international relations....
Instructor: Lea Sgier
Credits: 4.0
The theme of gender and religion preoccupies increasingly academic research as well as the public sphere, in institutional, national and global contexts. The seminar will examine some of the domains in which gender-religion issues have become central to religious institutions, communities, and discourses as they...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
Can be taken only in connection with the SRS Mandatory class Gender and Religion. The tutorial in Gender and Religion, which accompanies the seminar, provides the opportunity to engage more closely and intimately with the theme. Whereas the course approaches the theme of gender and religion topically and through cross...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
Education is one of the major fields of social life where subjectivities and social inequalities are constituted and re/produced on institutional, curricular and interpersonal levels. Our focus in this course is compulsory education, meaning primary and secondary schooling, and the re/production of gendered and sexual...
Instructor: Dorottya Rédai
Credits: 2.0
We will attempt to explore how gender (“women’s policy”) was understood in different parts of the socialist bloc and in different phases of state socialism. In the Soviet Union the 1920s was an era of gender emancipation and experimentation with various family forms. The high Stalinism of the 1930s put an end to this...
Instructor: Eszter Bartha
Credits: 2.0
What effect does gender relations have on war, peace and security policy?This course aims to uncover the dynamic impact that gender has in the causes of war and armed conflict, as well as the behaviours of actors in ‘wartime’ and ‘peacetime.’ Through an exploration of topics such as the nature of warfare, terrorism,...
Instructor: Sara Meger
Credits: 4.0
This course explores how human relationships with the non/human are interlaced with various forms of difference and of power relations – such as sex/gender, sexuality, race, and disability, as well as capitalism and political ecology. The course approaches the boundaries of “the human” as performative measures for...
Instructor: Hyaesin Yoon
Credits: 4.0
Elective Course, Security Specialization/ConcentrationWhat does it mean to have a gendered approach, and why does it matter? What assumptions underlie gender mainstreaming? Are these assumptions based on a particular ideology? Why are there still so few women serving in the world’s militaries? Is gender-based violence...
Instructor: Margaret Jenkins
Credits: 2.0
The course aims to interrogate the emerging field created by the intersection of Jewish Studies, Memory Studies and Gender Studies to study the literary and artistic representation of the Holocaust. The course covers the topics of how Memory of Holocaust is inscribed, framed, mediated and performed. It consists of two...
Instructor: Andrea Peto
Credits: 4.0
Mandatory and open for MA 2 year students in their 2nd year Applied Gender Studies track (the internship itself may be scheduled in the period between spring of year 1 and early autumn year 2)
Instructor: Hadley Z. Renkin
Credits: 8.0
Throughout history many attempts have been made to control the size and composition of populations. From the sterilization of the mentally ill to the strong social welfare benefits offered to support childrearing, these were based on different ideologies from eugenic thinking through maintaining ethnic or gender...
Instructor: Judit Sandor
Credits: 4.0
Mandatory and open for MA 2 year students in their 2nd year Applied Gender Studies track
Instructor: Hadley Z. Renkin
Credits: 2.0
The course introduces students to major theories, concepts, and debates of feminist literary studies. The readings will be mainly theoretical. The survey of selected feminist writings on literature seeks to provide an overview of theoretical approaches that have historically shaped the way we interpret literature in...
Instructor: Vera Eliasova
Credits: 2.0
This course focuses on the theories, political goals, strategies and activism of Islamic feminists regionally and nationally, within the context of the emerging global feminist movement. Following the rise of second wave feminism in the developing world, there have been a number of responses to the inherent...
Instructor: Nadia Jones-Gailani
Credits: 2.0
This course examines developments in the vibrant field of “new” economic sociology, and first outlines how gender and culture operate as influences on markets, such as how markets are constrained by networks, norms, and social ties on economic exchange.  We next consider markets as cultural formations in their own...
Instructor: Ashley Mears
Credits: 4.0
This two-credit PhD course is a mandatory requirement for students in the first year of the PhD program in Comparative Gender Studies. Its aim is to critically interrogate the relationship between theoretical concepts, methodological approaches, and research outcomes with the underlying goal of incorporating...
Instructor: Elissa Helms
Credits: 4.0
This course explores how contemporary adaptive media appropriate the nineteenth century to address our own preoccupations with gender, sexuality, race, class, science, technologies, religion, imperialism, and consumerism. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the theoretical, social, and political...
Instructor: Andrea Kirchknopf
Credits: 2.0
This 2-credit course will familiarize students with some of the most commonly used qualitative methods of research in Gender Studies through a focus on ethnographic methods. The course aims to equip students with the skills they will need to formulate research questions, carry out the research, collect, analyze, and...
Instructor: Elissa Helms
Credits: 2.0
PhD Tutorial I is devoted to developing the structure, topics and faculty committee for the PhD Comprehensive Exam. This involves preparing the bibliography of at least 100 books and articles on topics related to the dissertation and to composing an essay explaining their selection. One group session also addresses...
Instructor: Marsha Siefert
Credits: 2.0
(Joint online collaborative course with Duke University in the framework of CEU Civic Engagement Initiative)Cross-listed with Legal Studies, Cultural Heritage ProgramThe on-line collaborative interdisciplinary research seminar will introduce students to various emergent approaches to thinking about “the archive” –...
Instructor: Andrea Peto
Credits: 4.0
Mandatory Public Lecture SeriesThese are talks organized throughout the academic year that are also open to the CEU community. They are given by scholars from other universities and are a way for the students and faculty to learn about current research in the field of gender studies and to engage in dialogue with...
Instructor: Faculty, staff
Credits: 1.0
Cross listed with Department of HistoryThis course is designed for those who want to use interviewing as a method collecting empirical material for their thesis. The course also discusses ethical dimensions of research and writing. Given that oral history is a technique and a way of constructing histories the course...
Instructor: Andrea Peto
Credits: 2.0
In this methods seminar, students are encouraged to consider the relationship between knowledge production, the authors that produce knowledge, and the methods used by author to capture and record the narrative. Developing research skills, analytical frameworks and methods that speak to contemporary trends in this...
Instructor: Nadia Jones-Gailani
Credits: 2.0
Core course in feminist theory for GEMMA students.This course will look at the political stakes in the division between heterosexuality and other forms of sexuality in particular and interrogates the category of “normal” in general. It is organized around some key concepts fuelling both the thinking of sexuality and...
Instructor: Eszter Timár
Credits: 2.0
Social movements and social activism are critical to political engagement and social transformation. Traditional social science approaches to social movements and social change have tended to frame forms of collective resistance and protest primarily as either irrational, spontaneous reactions to oppression, or as...
Instructor: Hadley Z. Renkin
Credits: 4.0
The present course intends to provide both a general introduction to the problems of sex and gender in the social and historical context of the Later Roman Empire and a concrete illustration of several representative topics within this field. The course will cover about three centuries of later Roman and early...
Credits: 2.0

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