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Interdisciplinary Learning Courses

Gender and Society

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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesGender and Society

Don't be fooled by stories, neither Khaleesi nor the Stark sisters were born yesterday. In this subject we will explore the interesting relationships between gender, power and rebellion

The Gender and Society subject will grant you new clues to look and interpret what it has meant to be a woman and to be a man throughout history. Through a critical perspective, we will focus on distinguishing inequalities at the educational, economic, legal and political levels in the past and present.

But we will also weave an inspiring story that builds a genealogy with the examples of those who have rebelled against these asymmetries. All this will allow you to contemplate new possibilities regarding how gender manifests in your life, leading to intellectual and personal discoveries.

Learning objectives

  • Know how the historical construction of gender identities in society has been carried out and its impact on the present.
  • Identify forms of gender inequality and asymmetry in the past and present.
  • Recognize the main obstacles that have historically prevented equal opportunities between women and men.
  • Know gender stereotypes and roles and adopt a critical attitude towards them.
  • Assess the contribution of key historical figures in the fight against gender inequalities.

Contents of the Subject

Gender and Society

  • 1. Presentation of the subject, professor and group
  • 2. What do you know about...? Basics to start working
  • 3. Sex-gender system
  • 4. Feminism, misandry, machismo
  • 5. Patriarchy and androcentrism
  • 6. Queer Theory
  • 7. What do you know about...? Debating the socialization of gender
  • 8. Gender and identity. Myths, prejudices and gender stereotypes
  • 9. Being a woman and being a man: socio-historical construction of femininity and masculinity
  • 10. What do you know about...? The fight for equality
  • 11. Women's rights. Gender in social movements: suffragism, feminism, environmentalism
  • 12. Gender in your life. How we experience gender: family, culture, education, work, emotional relationships and other everyday scenarios
  • 13. Equality and media
  • 14. New ways of being men and women, democratic development and social transformation
  • 15. Closing session


profesora Professor of Gender and Society

María Vaíllo Rodríguez

María Vaíllo es Licenciada en Psicología por la Universidad de Salamanca y Doctora en Educación por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, donde presentó una tesis doctoral sobre sexismo en los libros de texto. En materia de igualdad de oportunidades, ha trabajado para distintos organismos públicos, como el Ministerio de Educación o la Secretaría de Estado de Servicios Sociales e Igualdad. Además, ha creado formaciones específicas sobre temáticas de género para la Xunta de Galicia o la Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias. Actualmente es Directora de las Cátedras Nebrija de Investigación y participa en dos proyectos de investigación, financiados por el Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad y el Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, respectivamente.