Group of courses: Mathematics, Natural Sciences
Students should gain knowledge of how gender relations and social space interrelate. Looking at specific issues of gender research in geography they are made aware of the relationship between social processes and their spatial organisation and learn about the roles spaces play in the construction of social identities and relationships, in the normalisation of dichotomous gender relations as well as in the production and maintenance of intersectional inequality. Students should get familiar with the basics of feminist theory building and social criticism, are made aware of the significance of the category of gender for geographical research and get an overview of the current state of feminist and gender studies in geography.
Gender studies are not a subdiscipline of geography, but are relevant for the discipline as a whole. The majority of gender-related geographic research and theory building is currently carried out in the field of human geography. Some analyses in physical geography focus on the question of how the gender category influences concepts of nature/human/environment relations in natural science theory building. As part of scientific theoretical debates, ways of integrating feminist and geographic theories are sought and the implied androcentrism in past and present geographic thinking is criticised. In the sense of feminist science and technology research, techniques of geographical knowledge production such as cartography and geographic information systems (GIS) are also considered. Attention is also drawn to existing discipline-specific inequality and gender-specific divisions of labour in higher education geography. Students should be made familiar with theoretical and empirical findings from these various fields in the course of study. Possible thematic priorities are:
Issues and findings of geographic gender research should be integrated into all parts and modules of the existing curricula in order to make students aware of how gender and space interrelate and to raise their awareness for the significance of feminist theory and critique for the development of the subject.
In addition, at both Bachelor's or Master's level, specialisation courses on feminist geography and gender studies or a module "Geographical Gender Studies" in the Master's degree course can be offered. The subject-specific content of a module on "Geographical Gender Studies" must be adapted to the content of the respective Master's degree course. All topics listed under "Teaching content/subject-specific gender studies content" can be realised in modules or in-depth courses and can be easily implemented with regard to the current state of research. In addition to a more in-depth study of subject-specific content in geographical gender studies, further study of the theoretical basics of feminist geography is recommended at Master's level.
At Bachelor's level, geographical gender studies should be an integral part of all modules of the study course.
At Master's level, the scientific content and theoretical concepts and approaches should be studied in further detail. More in-depth studies are possible in theoretical seminars as well as in empirically-oriented research seminars.