Gender studies and feminism

Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semesters 2-3

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The aim of the course is to give a brief introduction to those theories which are dealing with the emergence and existence of gender-based inequalities. Studying these theories will present us that how many different causes, approaches and points of view can emerge when theorists would like to explain the so-called ‘gender order’.

Besides the theoretical aspects of the gender inequalities we will deal with the political aspects of it, too. The course will also present some gendered and political problems (e.g. violence against women, reproduction politics) and the different kinds of solutions as well. We will also pay attention to the well-known intersections between class, gender and ethnicity.


  • Giddens, Anthony (2006): Sexuality and Gender In: Giddens, Anthony: Sociology (5th edition), Cambridge: Polity Press, 432-480.
  • Helen Hacker (1951): Women as minority group, Social Forces 30(1), 60-69.
  • Bob Connell (2009): The Question of Gender In: Bob Connell (ed) Gender, Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 1-11.
  • Chris Corrin (1999): Gender Politics and Women’s Political Participation in Hungary, Hungarian Studies Review,
  • Connell, R.W. (1987): Hegemonic masculinity and Emphasized Femininity In: uő: Gender & Power, Part III: Femininity and Masculinity, Stanford University Press, 183-188.
  • Bourdieu, Pierre (2001): Masculine Domination, Cambridge, Oxford: Polity Press
  • Acker, Joan (2006): Inequality regimes: Gender, Class and Race in Organizations, Gender & Society, 20(4), 441-464.
  • R. W. Connell (1990): The State, Gender and Sexual Politics: Theory and Appraisal, Theory and Society 19(5), 507-544.
  • Jürgen Gerhards (2010): Non-Discrimination towards Homosexuality: The European Union’s Policy and Citizens’ Attitudes towards Homosexuality in 27 European Countries, International Sociology 25(1), 5-28.
  • Takács Judit – Mocsonaki László – P. Tóth Tamás (2008): Social Exclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in Hungary, Budapest: Institute of Sociology, HAS – Háttér Support Society for LGBT People in Hungary.
  • Nagy, Ildikó – Pongrácz, Marietta – Tóth, István György (ed.): Changing Roles (2006), Report on the Situation of Women and Men in Hungary 2005, Budapest: TÁRKI Social Research Institute