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of the Philippines Cebu

College of Social Sciences
Department of Political Science
AY 2017-2018 (1st Semester)
Social Sciences 5: Understanding Gender
TF (10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon and 4:30 p.m.-6:00pm)
Lecturer: Jesa Anne Carla E. Balahadia
E-mail Address: jebalahadia@up.edu.ph

Consultation hours
MTH at 1PM-5PM and TF 9AM-10AM

Send an e-mail me for your queries/concerns. I will send a reply as soon as possible.
If you wish to meet with me in person, kindly give a days notice before the
scheduled meeting.

Course Meeting Times
Lecture/Discussion: 1.5 hours per session, twice a week

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description
Critical Analysis of the key concepts, root causes, forms and dimensions of gender
relations and their varied manifestations in selected societies.

G.E. Objectives
A. To broaden students intellectual and cultural horizons
Social Science 5 explores the various theoretical frameworks in the analysis
of the key concepts, root causes, forms and dimensions of gender inequality
and the various manifestations in selected societies. The course will enable
the students to analyze gender issues and their solutions from the contest of
gender intersecting with class, race, ethnicity, religion, education, age etc.
The course will explore the cultural conceptions of femininity, masculinity
and other sexual orientations that shape our understanding of sexuality,
family, educations, science, art, morals, politics and all other aspects in

B. To balance nationalism and internationalism

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Social Sciences 5 will pave the way for the realization of the constitutional
mandate recognizing the role of men and women in nation-building and
ensuring the fundamental equality of men and women before the law. It will
acquaint the students of international law, conventions and agreements on
gender equality.

C. To integrate knowledge and skills
Social Science 5 will provide the students with the necessary knowledge and
skills to develop a gender sensitive lens in assessing the different situations
of women and men in the home, the workplace, the community and society.
This knowledge will hopefully transform their own lives and those of their
immediate relationships, paving the way for the transformation of society. It
will likewise inspire the students to identify the different impacts of unequal
gender relations on the development of men and women and to
conscientiously work the eventual elimination of the sources of gender
inequality in society.

D. To respect and embrace individuality
Social Science 5 not only aims to inculcate tolerance in the society, but also
instill respect and understanding of the persons individuality regardless of
his/ her chosen gender.

Course Objectives:
At the end of the semester, the students are expected to:
1. Critically analyze the key concepts, forms and dimensions of gender relations
and their impact on people in selected societies
2. Share common experiences and insights on the prevailing gender relations
from different perspectives
3. Apply the inter, multi or trans-disciplinary thematic approaches for studying
and explaining gender issues; and
4. Demonstrate their gender awareness and sensitivity.


30%-Long exams and Quizzes
30%-Papers, Recitation, Class Participation
30%-Final project/output
10%-Class Attendance

Course Outline

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I. Understanding Key Concepts Clueless No More

1. Sex
2. Gender
3. Transgender
4. Cisgender
5. Agender
6. Androgynous
7. Sexuality
8. Sex role
9. Gender roles
10. Intersex
11. Transexual
12. Transgender man
13. Transgender woman
14. Cross-dresser
15. Queer
16. Stereotyping
17. Gender Binary
18. Nonbinary
19. Gender conforming
20. Gender dysphoria
21. Gender Identity
22. Gender Expression
23. Gender Fluid
24. Gender marker
25. Gender nonconforming
26. Gender Queer
27. Sexual expression
29. Pronouns (zie, per)
30. Puberty suppression
31. Asexual
32. Heteronormative
33. Patriarchy
34. Matriarchy
35. Feminism
36. Empowerment

II. Using Gender-Fair Language
A. Sexism in Language
B. Guidelines for non-sexist writing

Reading Assignment:

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Thelma B. Kintanar, Gender Fair Language A Primer. University
Center for Womens Studies, University of the Philippines, Diliman,
Quezon City. 1998.

III. Gender Inequality and Feminisms

A. Gender in Historical Perspective (The different waves of feminism)
1. First wave feminism: The fight for womens suffrage
2. Second wave and the womens liberation movement

B. Gender inequality from the perspective of major streams of feminist
movements and politics
1. Liberal feminism
2. Marxist feminism
3. Socialist feminism
4. Radical feminism
5. Third World feminism

C. Production vs. Reproduction: a look at the care economy
D. The continuing struggle for substantive equality

Movie: Iron-Jawed Angels
He for She Campaign

IV. From Womb to Tomb: Being and becoming wo/men

Gender throughout the life cycle
Perspectives on gender roles: Biological determinism vs. the social
construction of gender
Gender socialization
Some agents of gender socialization: family, school, church, mass

Short Video: Killing us Softly

Reading Assignments:

Color Code, Gender Revolution, National Geographic, January 2017.

Conant, Eve. I am Nine Years Old (Children across the World tell us how Gender
Affects their Lives), Gender Revolution, National Geographic, January 2017.

Henig, Robert Marantz. Rethinking Gender, Gender Revolution, National Geographic,
January 2017.

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Identity, Sex and Expression. Gender Revolution, National Geographic, January 2017.

The Legality of Gender Change. Gender Revolution, National Geographic, January

Making a Man. Gender Revolution, National Geographic, January 2017.

The Dangerous Lives of Girls. Gender Revolution, National Geographic, January 2017.

Edmonds, Patricia. Parental Leave on Dads Terms. Gender Revolution, National
Geographic, January 2017.

Movie: Danish Girl
TV Clip: The story of the Kings

IV. Gender Issues in Selected Societies Venus and Mars in Collision

A. Reproductive Health Rights- Harmful practicesFemale Genital
Mutilation and Forced Marriage, Abortion, HIV/ Aids,
B. Violence against Women
C. Sex Trafficking
D. Prostitution
--look into countries which legalized, illegalized prostitution, limited
E. Stereotyping in Media, Literature
F. Economic Marginalization; Multiple Burden; Enfranchisement
G. Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender People Issues

V. International Frameworks

A. Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against
B. Beijing Platform of Action
C. Womens Rights as Human Rights
D. Gender from a cross-cultural perspective
E. Yogyakarta Principles

VI. Selected National Laws and Policies

A. Magna Carta of Women
B. Anti-Violence against Women and their Children
C. Reproductive Health Law
D. Expanded Anti-Trafficking law (RA 10364) in conjunction with RA
E. Anti-sexual harassment law (RA 7877)

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F. Cybercrime Law
G. Women in Nation-building Act-RA 7192
H. Gender and Disasters
I. Cybercrime law
J. Parental Leave

Other relevant laws and policies may be undertaken

VII. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

A. Sexuality
1. Definition
2. Sexual Development across Life Span
3. Types of Sexual Behavior
4. Sexual Orientations
5. Sexual politics and emergence of sexual rights movements
6. Framework for sexual and reproductive health and rights

Class Activities:

Group activities
Film showing
Interaction/discussions/interviews with persons involved in social
movements for gender/sexual rights

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