Beyond the Binary: A Cultural History of Gender
- Grade 9+
From birth, we are exposed to cultural messages about gender: we are wrapped in blue or pink blankets; given action figures or dolls; exposed to roughhousing or playacting. These approaches to gender perpetuate a particular status quo, one that works against a vast spectrum of lived experiences and possibilities. This course uses feminist theories and critical cultural studies to identify and challenge contemporary understandings of gender. As you examine gendered depictions in literature, art, advertising, film, and social media, you’ll learn to cast a critical eye toward coded representations through critical essay writing, debates, and multimedia projects.
Typical Class Size: 16
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Students should bring basic school supplies like pens, notebooks, and folders to their summer program. You will be notified of any additional items needed before the course begins. All other materials will be provided by CTY.
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Introduction Women’s and Gender Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach, by Melissa Gillis and Andrew Jacobs
Students must bring a tablet, laptop computer, or Chromebook for use during the session. A smartphone will not be sufficient.
About History and Social Science at CTY
Enhance your critical thinking skills
Expand your ability to reason through difficult problems by taking one of our philosophy or logic classes. Learn how to craft strong and clear arguments in Big Questions, write proofs that avoid fallacious reasoning in Introduction to Logic, or explore the techniques of logic that lawyers, doctors, and mathematicians utilize to be successful in their fields in Logic: Principles of Reasoning.
Explore social justice in action
Develop knowledge and skills that will help you address issues of systemic inequality throughout the world. Learn about social movements that have created both positive and negative societal changes in Dissent. Challenge historical assumptions about gender to interrogate harmful stereotypes in Beyond the Binary.