Group of courses: Esthetics
The focus of gender research in theatre studies is on the study of gender in the performing arts and in theatrical situations in real life (rituals, celebrations, concerts, political actions or movements) from antiquity to the present. Gender-related teaching content or subject-specific content can be divided into five areas:
1. Theoretical and methodological foundations of gender studies in the context of theatre, dance, media and cultural studies:
2. Gender in cultural and theatre history
3. Gender and the body
4. Comparative perspectives
5. Gender in the context of current discourses
Gender-related content should ideally be integrated into all modules of theatre studies during all study phases. It makes sense to include a gender module in the basic study phase of theatre studies in order to ensure that all students learn the basics and methodological foundations of gender studies. Such an introductory gender module includes subject-specific theoretical, historical and methodological knowledge in the fields of theatre, dance, media and cultural studies, thus also opening up interdisciplinary perspectives. As part of the basic study phase such a module should include the following content (as described above):
Depending on the study phase, these modules can be extended and integrated into advanced and in-depth modules; an additional gender module can be included as an elective module in the final phase of the course in order to expand knowledge and analytical skills, and in preparation for the examination thesis.
Gender aspects should be integrated throughout the entire course of studies. It is important to impart gender studies skills and knowledge already in the first two semesters or in the introductory phase and, in addition to this, to offer further and in-depth seminars in the course of the study programme. In the final study phase, students should have the option to choose gender as a field of specialisation or an elective module.