Fall 2016 - HS 303 D100

Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4)

Pol Rep of Wmn: Film & Lit

Class Number: 8269

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    WMC 2220, Burnaby



The study of issues related to Hellenic Studies not offered in regular courses.


This course reflects on past and present representations of women in a wide range of writings and films produced in N. America, Europe, the Balkans and Latin America. The objective of the course is to analyze the selected visual and textual narratives so as to reflect on the specific social contexts and the prevailing cultural and gender norms. Specifically, it will examine: i) the impact the national and political contexts have upon the individual women, their personal histories, political engagement, memories and identities, ii) their own agency and tales of empowerment. It will offer a critical analysis on the continuities and discontinuities of women’s representations while reflecting on post/modernity, gender, politics, philosophy, theory and broader contemporary debates.

This course is cross-listed with GSWS 318. Students may take this course under either HS or GSWS disignations for credit.


  1. Become familiar with key theorists and their cultural and political impact
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking through reflection on wide range of sources
  3. Develop writing and presentation skills


  • Participation 15%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Midterm Quiz 30%
  • Film Review 10%
  • Term Paper 30%



Whitehead, Stephen. Talahite, Anissa. Moodley, Roy. Gender and identity; key themes and new directions. Oxford University Press, 2013. 

Selected Chapters from Archer Mann, Susan. Doing feminist theory; from modernity to postmodernity. Oxford University Press, 2012.

*Additional material will be provided in class or electronically

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