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   Course Title    Gender Studies in Tajik Society
Lecturer    Zumrad Saidolimova
Institution    Khujand State University
Country    Tajikistan

The purpose of including Gender Studies in English Language Programme for teacher training course is to explore the notion of gender and its difference in Tajik society with comparison to the other Asian countries, as well as the European countries. English teacher training ELP course is about demonstrating the Communicative and Interactive Methodology, so Gender Studies will be targeted as the main discourse in the sessions.

The course will be exploring the different aspect of gender in our society. As it is a new subject for our women to talk about, in the course we will be discussing the basic assumptions of gender and sex. The course will focus on

  • Language and gender,

  • Different ways of language use by women and men,

  • The exploration of theoretical debates in feminist linguistics,

  • Power relation between men and women in society, workplace,

  • Muslim woman and the modern society.


Course requirements:

Students are required to attend and actively participate in class discussions. For assignment, students have the option to either present training sessions based on gender issues or perform a discursive session in-groups. In addition to this, they will submit a written (2-page) summation of this class presentation.


Class Schedule

Session one: (December 3)

Introduction: Gender and sex.

Basic assumptions of gender issues.

Sex and gender: "Are there women, really?"

Required reading:

Ruth Wodak, Deborah Cameron, Gender and Discourse, pp. 1-35


Session two: (December 10)

Language and Gender:

Linguistic performance of women and men. Invisibility. Womenís talk.

Required reading:

Ruth Wodak, Jennifer Coates, Gender and Discourse, pp. 244-262

Dede Brouwer, Womenís studies and culture, "Language and gender: feminist linguistics", pp. 40-55


Session three: (December 21)

Gender and language in the workplace

How women and men interact in groups.

Women in workplace.

Required reading:

Shari Kendall and Deborah Tannen, Gender and Discourse, pp. 81-102

R.W.Connell, Gender and Power, pp. 91-118


Session four: (January 4)

Mothers and wives

The Power of Mother. Patrilocality and mother-in-law. The family.

Required reading:

Chilla Bulbeck, Re-orienting western feminism, pp. 97-128

R.W.Connell, Gender and Power, pp. 121-125


Session five: (January 11)

Sexual identity: Western Imperialism?

What is the "core" sexual identity in the West? What is the message sent in Womenís magazines? Constructing and deconstructing the western individuals.

Required reading:

Chilla Bulbeck, Re-orienting western feminism, pp. 57- 94; 129-166

Suzanne Eggins and Rick Ledema, Gender and Discourse, pp. 165-195


Session six: (January 22)

The international traffic in women.

International connections between women. Freedom through labour. Human rights or western rights, what are the implications for Muslim women?

Required reading:

Chilla Bulbeck, Re-orienting western feminism, pp. 57- 94; 167-204

Gillian Tett, Guardians of the Faith, Gender and religion in an (ex) Soviet Tajik Village, pp. 128-151.


Recommended reading:

  1. Camillia Fawzi El-Solh and Judy Mabro, "Muslim womenís choices", Introduction. Islam and Muslim women, pp. 1-27.

  2. Deborah Tannen, Judy Mann, "The difference".

  3. Paula A.Treichler, Language and sexual equality from discourse to dictionary: How sexist meanings are authorised, pp. 51-79.

  4. Fatima Mernissi, "Arab womenís rights and the Muslim state in the twenty first Century".

  5. Martin Montgonery, An introduction to language and society, Language and gender, pp.147-173.

  6. Donald Brenners, "The matrix of language", Gender, power and discourse.

  7. Sally Johnson, "Theorising language and masculinity", A feminist perspectives, pp. 8-26.

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