This is most recent syllabus. Your final syllabus will be given during your first day of class
From the dawn of the women’s suffrage movement in the early 20th century to the present day female and male roles, gender roles have been transforming across Europe and the U.S. However, their evolution – their momentum and character – differs significantly depending on context. This course will allow you to examine how these differences are manifested in the central Italian context of Umbria, and compare them to your own experiences growing up.
The course begins with illustrated teaching and discussion on gender theory and feminist critique, utilizing contemporary scholarship, literature, film, media, and popular culture. This theoretical basis can then inform the choice of methodologies most appropriate for project work. Discussion of recent literature on best practices for undertaking qualitative research will cover practical and ethical issues. You will be given individual project supervision when the time to choose subjects and materials arises. Teaching time will include question and answer sessions with key guest speakers who will narrate their particular experiences from a gendered perspective, within the Umbrian context.
You will keep journals as part of each project assignment. These journals will log everyday observations of how gender roles are acted out in Perugia, along with your own experiences from living in the city.
Qualitative Community Research Project Description
In this course, you will investigate how Italian women and men negotiate their roles in the 21st century by engaging directly with local women in Perugia. You will also utilize film, literature, and other media to inform and illustrate a selected qualitative research topic in order to analyze evolving gender roles in Italy.
By the end of the course, you will:
- gain unique insights into the complex performances of male and female roles in contemporary Italian life;
- develop academic knowledge and skills in current theory and method in the social sciences; and
- acquire skills in qualitative research analysis.