Gender and Society : new perspectives

Catalogue des cours de Institut Mines-Télécom Business School






1ère Année Management,1ère Année Télécom




Sciences humaines



Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées


Charge de travail




  • Langues et Sciences Humaines

Equipe pédagogique


Social organizations are to a great extent structured by the traditional division of roles between the sexes. This division is not merely socially sanctioned but also firmly rooted in individuals’ representations. Furthermore our beliefs concerning gender norms (i.e. beliefs concerning what constitutes masculine and feminine) generally include an emotional component thus most people feel concerned by this issue.
Gender norms have undergone major developments over time; they vary notably from one culture to another, nevertheless they sanction gender-based social inequalities.
Over the past 40 years, research on feminine/masculine classifications within a variety of disciplines (sociology, psychology, history, biology, medicine etc.) has afforded a more informed and enlightened framework of gender norms. This allows for fruitful discussion and engagement, firstly concerning the bases of feminine/masculine classification and secondly concerning present day transformations, in particular, but not exclusively within western society.


The major aim of the course is to explore gender in human societies, we will travel to other continents to observe norms, be they accepted or challenged, underpinning social practices that define relations between the sexes. Based on recent research and theory we will explore gender from different perspectives: biology (the brain, hormones), the body (sport, body-building, intersexuality), social classifications and representations (stereotypes), the family (domination, different types of civil union), work (gendered division of labor).
Students are encouraged to engage with and discuss the different topics with a view to encouraging reflection and debate to attempt to envision “gender” in a less normative and more personal way.


This course is offered exclusively to students with a C1, C2 level in English.


50 %: continuous assessment: oral presentation (with slides) in pairs based on an article or video conference. The resource which deals with one of the topics covered in class (article, video etc.) is provided by the teacher. A personal written commentary on the resource is to be handed in the same day as the oral presentation.
o Slides (10%)
o Oral presentation (30%)
o Personal written commentary (10%)

50 %: final exam: Written exam based on course content
Chaque absence injustifiée entrainera 1 point en moins sur la note de CC.

Approches pédagogiques

Priority will be given to communication and exchange with a view to encouraging students to reflect and debate on their own representations. Input includes knowledge resources based on research on gender in the social and biological sciences as well as debates, videos and presentations. All course materials and resources are available on a dedicated Moodle space.


Programme grande école

Plan du cours

A series of themes will be covered during the course. A list will be presented during the first session. All students are required to do an oral presentation (in pairs) scheduled during sessions 3 to 11.

Fiche mise à jour le 08/07/2020