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  Program in Gender and Society Studies


Together with other leading Chilean social research organizations, CEM offers a professional certificate program in Gender and Society Studies. Participants in this program critically analyze social and cultural phenomena from a gender perspective and learn to apply this conceptual and methodological tool in dealing with situations that arise in different professions.

The program is aimed at men and women active in the social sciences, education, psychology, law and economics who are interested in enhancing their professional development through the application of gender studies to social concerns.

Schedule: Classes are conducted in Spanish in Santiago over two semesters, extending from May to December. Two two-hour sessions are held each week, complemented by a three-hour session held one Saturday each month. Classes for 1998 began on April 27.

Sponsoring institutions: Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Centro de Estudios de la Mujer (CEM), Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo de la Mujer (CEDEM), Instituto de la Mujer, and FLACSO-Chile.



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Study Plan

First Semester:
Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Gender As an Analytical Category

- A grasp of the history and theory of gender as an analytical category.
- Critical examination of theories of society and culture from a gender perspective.
- Insight into current gender issues in Latin American societies.
- Practice in applying gender as an analytical category in dealing with social realities.

Course contents:
- Gender theory and feminist debate.
- Gender in contemporary discussion of social and cultural issues.
- Gender's role in today's Latin American society.
- Conceptual and methodological problems related to gender in research activities and professional practice.

Second Semester:
The Feminine and the Masculine in Society and Culture

- Application of a gender perspective to critical examination of contemporary debate about social change.
- Assessment and analysis of social encounters and situations.
- Practice in cross-disciplinary and multifaceted gender analysis of social and cultural phenomena.

Course contents:
- The Family in Private Life, Society's Eyes and Public Discourse. An examination of the institution of the family from a historical, social and cultural perspective. Attention will be given to the boundaries between the private and public sides of family life and the emergence of family issues as topics of political debate, as well as to power relations, sexuality and reproduction, violence, divorce and diversity in family situations.

- Citizenship, Identities and Subjectivity. Major economic, social and cultural changes have combined with the new prominence of subjectivity and the emergence of new social actors and demands in the public arena to produce a clarification by questioning and a richer understanding of the concepts of citizenship, identities and subjectivity. Specific instances of these developments will be examined and their impacts analyzed.

- Economics, Employment and Gender. Beliefs concerning the innate characteristics of the sexes and their social roles have played an important part in shaping economics as a discipline. This course looks at gender biases in economic relations, with especial emphasis on work --productive and reproductive-- and its consequences on men and women access to the labor market and their working conditions.

- The Law Viewed from a Gender Perspective. A study of how the law, understood as a normative code compiled by male jurists, shapes different legal and social institutions. Also examined are the challenges that the definition and institution of non-discriminatory relations between men and women pose to the legal system in a democratic society.

- Education and gender. This course is taught in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Program of Research in Education and examines the role of education in structuring and changing gender relations. Consideration will be given to the significance and impact of women's access to education and to how curricula, textbooks and classroom dynamics influence gender relations.


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Academic Board and Boards of Consultants

The Academic Board for the Program in Gender and Society Studies comprises representatives from:
Centro de Estudios de la Mujer (CEM)
Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo de la Mujer (CEDEM)
Instituto de la Mujer
and Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano


The Board of Consultants consists of the following specialists in different areas of gender studies

María Esther Feres and Paulina Veloso, lawyers;
Josefina Hurtado and Loreto Rebolledo, anthropologists;
Raquel Olea, literary critic;
Rosa Bravo, Alvaro Díaz and Thelma Gálvez, economists;
Soledad Fariña and Darío Oses, writers;
Olga Grau, philosopher;
  Alicia Frohman, historian;
Soledad Díaz, physcian;
Dariela Sharim, psychologist; and
Lais Abramo, Irma Arriagada, Helia Henríquez, Natacha Molina, Inés Reca, María Elena Valenzuela and Soledad Weistein, sociologists.


The International Board of Consultants comprises:

Professor Jeanine Anderson, anthropologist, Catholic University of Peru
Dr. Lourdes Benería, economist and professor, Cornell University
Professor Gloria Bonder, Director of Postgraduate Studies in Gender, University of Buenos Aires
Dr. Carmen Diana Deere, agricultural economist and Director of Latin American Studies, University of Massachusetts
Dr. Norma Fuller, anthropologist, Catholic University of Peru
Narda Henríquez, Director of Gender Studies Certificate Program, Catholic University of Peru
Professor Cristina Hurtado, social scientist, University of Paris 8
Dr. Sara María Lara Flores, sociologist, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Dr. Gonzalo Portocarrero, sociologist, Catholic University of Peru
Dr. Rodrigo Vera, philosopher, Catholic University of Louvaine
Dr. Mara Viveros, economist and anthroplogist, EHESS, Paris.


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