SOC3057 Readings in Sociology of GenderBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
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Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
SOC3057 Readings in Sociology of Gender Fall 3 0 3 5
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Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Hybrid
Course Coordinator : Assoc. Prof. PINAR MELİS YELSALI PARMAKSIZ
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Course Objectives: This course intends to teach students how to understand sociological approaches to studying gender, as well as the ability to understand the major global issues, problems, and findings in the sociology of gender.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
By the end of the course, students will be able to;

1. Get to know about the gender as a sociological concept.
2. Develop an understanding of gender specific debates.
3. Develop knowledge about gender equality (Goal 5 among UN Sustainable Development Goals).
4. Gain a transnational understanding of gender equality.
5. Relate sociology of gender to specific country cases, in particular to Turkey.

Course Content

The course introduces the basic concepts of gender studies and opens up the major debates in gender specific issues at transnational level. The course is designed to give students opportunity of a participatory engagement with the subject. With this aim courses are organized around class discussions based on assigned movies/documentaries and assigned texts. The course also involves field trips. At the end of the course students are expected to have a critical knowledge of gender, gender equality and to gain a gender-sensitive perspective about major debates.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction to the course
2) Gender and Gender Equality Weekly readings
3) Gender Inclusive Language
4) Men and Masculinities Weekly readings and short commentary essay
5) Men and Masculinities Weekly readings and short commentary essay
6) Transnational Encounters and Gender Weekly readings and short commentary essay
7) Islam and Feminism Weekly readings and short commentary essay
8) LGBTQ: Rights Weekly readings and short commentary essay
9) LGBTQ: Activism Weekly readings and short commentary essay
10) Digital Feminist Activism Weekly readings and short commentary essay
11) Gender Regime in Turkey Weekly readings and short commentary essay
12) Feminist Utopia Weekly readings and short commentary essay
13) Final Project Presentation
14) Final Project Presentations


Course Notes / Textbooks:
References: Jackson, S., & Scott, S. (Eds.). (2006). Gender: A sociological reader. Stevi Jackson and Sue Scott (eds.). Routledge. (1-26).
Davies, B. (2006). “Becoming Male or Female,” Gender: A sociological reader. Stevi Jackson and Sue Scott (eds.). Routledge. (280-290).
bell hooks. (2000) Feminism for Everybody, South End Press, Cambridge (1-6).
Connell, R. W. (2005) Masculinities. University of California Press. pp. 71-81.
Sancar, S. (2011). Erkeklik: İmkansız iktidar: Ailede, piyasada ve sokakta erkekler. Metis.pp. 111-119, 154-174, 265-300, 3001-309.
Toksoy, N. G., & Taşıtman, A. (2015). ‘Ceremonial Circumcision’ as One of the Mechanisms Which Enables the Regeneration and Intergenerational Transmission of Manhood Culture in Turkey. Masculinities: A Journal of Identity and Culture, (3), 156-188.
Larochelle, D. L. (2019). “Brad Pitt Halal” and the Hybrid Woman: Gender Representations and Religion through Turkish Soap Operas. ESSACHESS–Journal for Communication Studies, 12(2 (24)), 61-78.
Anwar, Z. (2007). Islam and Women’s Rights. UCLA, Occasional Papers, Islam and Women’s Rights (
Keskin-Kozat, B. (2003). Entangled in secular nationalism, feminism and Islamism: The life of Konca Kuriş. Cultural Dynamics, 15(2), 183-211.
Arat, Z. F. K., & Nuňez, C. (2017). Advancing LGBT rights in Turkey: Tolerance or protection?. Human Rights Review, 18(1), 1-19.
Zengin, A. (2019). The Afterlife of Gender: Sovereignty, Intimacy and Muslim Funerals of Transgender People in Turkey. Cultural Anthropology, 34(1), 78-102.
Butler, J. (2004). Beside oneself: On the limits of sexual autonomy. Undoing gender, 17, 39.
Mendes, K., Ringrose, J., & Keller, J. (2018). # MeToo and the promise and pitfalls of challenging rape culture through digital feminist activism. European Journal of Women's Studies, 25(2), 236-246.
Yelsalı Parmaksız, Pınar Melis, “Paternalism, Modernization, and the Gender Regime in Turkey”, Aspasia, International Yearbook of Central, Eastern and South Eastern European Women’s and Gender History, Vol. 10, 2016: 40-62

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Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Homework Assignments 5 % 40
Presentation 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 4 56
Presentations / Seminar 1 10 10
Project 1 20 20
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 132

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

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Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.