Sociology of Gender

The Research and Teaching Unit on Sociology of Gender has a long history at Bielefeld University. Having introduced an elective diploma course on women’s studies as long ago as 1990, the Faculty of Sociology has made a major contribution to the institutionalization of gender studies at the universities of West Germany. Currently, the Faculty of Sociology has two tenured faculty members with denominations for sociology of gender – Prof. Dr. Tomke König and N.N. – each of whom has a research assistant appointed to them. The Research and Teaching Unit on Sociology of Gender is responsible for and coordinates the courses on sociology of gender for all programmes offered by the Faculty. The members of the Research and Teaching Unit offer a variety of courses, most notably in the Bachelor module programme “Gender Studies and Gender Relations”, the Master module programme “Sociology of Gender” and in all modules of the Master programme “Gender Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Application”. The Research and Teaching Unit also offers research training at irregular intervals. The research at the Research and Teaching Unit on Sociology of Gender focuses primarily on two major areas – the interrelation of social order and gender order and the role of gender for individuals’ modes of existence.

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