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Men, Masculinities and Difference

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Course ID: 2400-OG-EN-MMD
Erasmus code / ISCED: (unknown) / (0314) Sociology and cultural studies The ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) code has been designed by UNESCO.
Course title: Men, Masculinities and Difference
Name in Polish: Men, Masculinities and Difference
Organizational unit: Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Course groups: (in Polish) Zajęcia ogólnouniwersyteckie w j. obcym na WFiNS
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ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 4.00 OR 3.00 (differs over time) Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.

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Language: English

Student should be interested in the issue of gender roles, relations and power dynamics between men and women. Students who already participated in other courses in gender studies, feminist theories or sociology are highly welcomed.

Type of course:

(in Polish) przedmiot fakultatywny

Total student workload:

Contact hours with teacher:

- participation in classes – 20 hrs

- consultations – 2 hrs

Self-study hours:

- reading literature – 30 hrs

- preparing presentation – 43 hrs

Altogether: 100 hrs (4 ECTS)

Learning outcomes - knowledge:


W1: has basic knowledge of terms and concepts used in critical studies on men and masculinities – K_W01

W2: has a basic knowledge about the relations between micro-, mezzo- and macrostructures in the context of gender relations, relations between different models of masculinities and other social dimensions such as: class, race, age, ethnicity, sexuality – K_W03

W3: is acquainted with different types of social bond characteristic for men of different social class, race, age, ethnicity, sexuality – K_W04

W4: possesses knowledge about gender order characteristic for the contemporary Western societies, knows about sources and functioning of dominant models of masculinity – K_W07

Learning outcomes - skills:


U1: is able to identify and interpret men’s behaviours and how they are connected with prevailing masculinity models and gender order – K_U01

U2: is capable of indicating the links between different social processes and phenomena in the context of hierarchies of masculinity models and changing gender order – K_U03

U3: has a skill of diagnosing social problems in the context of theories about men and masculinities and can formulate recommendations for changing patriarchal order– K_U07

Learning outcomes - social competencies:


K1: is open to new ideas and new ways of thinking about contemporary social reality – K_K07

K2: is eager to constantly broad his/her knowledge – K_K06

Teaching methods:

Expository teaching methods:

- participatory lecture

- problem-base lecture

- discussion

Exploratory teaching methods:

- classic problem-solving

- brainstorming

Expository teaching methods:

- discussion
- participatory lecture
- problem-based lecture

Exploratory teaching methods:

- brainstorming
- classic problem-solving

Short description:

The aim of the course is to introduce the university student to the field of critical studies on men and masculinities (CSMM). CSMM should be seen as a part of broader field of gender studies, in which the main research subject are men as gendered human beings and changing masculinities models. During the course we will try to answer the questions: what it means that men have gender, how men’s gender is constructed and reconstructed in the social processes, what kinds of models of masculinities dominate today and what consequences different models of masculinity have for men in the contemporary social reality.

Full description:

Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities (CSMM) has been a rapidly growing area of research within gender studies and feminist studies over recent decades. CSMM are based on feminist theories and methodologies. The aim of this course is to make student acquainted with CSMM and show them how to analyse men as gendered individuals. Men’s gender is often invisible and consequently ignored in social research. Men’s experiences are seen as ungendered and universal, whereas in fact men are as much gendered as women. They have to follow particular gender roles and behave in line with expectations imposed by the society. This has huge social consequences. Traditional models of masculinity are often connected with violence and risk behaviour, in these models men are expected not show emotional engagement and to be tough. The male identity is often presented as contrasting to female identity. Yet, in times of women’s emancipation and changing gender roles there is a need of critical reflection on prevailing masculinity models. The questions should be asked: are masculinity models changing? If yes, in which direction? If no, why not?

During this course we will look more carefully on different aspects of men’s lives and masculinity models in the contemporary social reality. We will try to answer the questions how male body is constructed in social processes, what consequences the dominant models of masculinity have on men’s health and why men are dying earlier than women, why they are more eager than women to engage in violence and risk behaviours and less eager to be involved parents and caregivers. Many of questions can be asked without using biological explanations. Additionally, it should be remembered that men are different and there are various models of masculinities. Masculinity intersects with various social dimensions, thus we will analyse men and masculinities in the context of different social classes, races, ethnicities, age, sexualities.


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Anderson, E. (2009b). The Maintenance of Masculinity Among the Stakeholders of Sport. Sport Management Review, 12(1), 3–14.

Blankenhorn, D. (1996). Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem. Harper Perennial.

Bly, R. (2004). Iron John: A Book About Men. Da Capo Press.

Carrigan, T., Connell, B., & Lee, J. (1985). Toward a new sociology of masculinity. Theory and Society, 14(5), 551–604.

Connell, R. (1987). Gender and power: society, the person, and sexual politics. Stanford University Press.

Connell, R. W. (2005). Masculinities (Second Edition.). Berkeley, California: University of California Press.

Connell, R. W., & Messerschmidt, J. (2005). Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept. Gender & Society, 19(6), 829–859.

Courtenay, W. (2002). A Global Perspective on the Field of Men’s Health: An Editorial. International Journal of Men’s Health, 1(1), 1.

Doucet, A. (2004). “It’s Almost Like I Have a Job, but I Don’t Get Paid”: Fathers at Home Reconfiguring Work, Care, and Masculinity. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers, 2(3), 277–303.

European Commission. (2012). The Role of Men in Gender Equality - European Strategies and Insights. Vienna/Berlin/Gratz. Retrieved from

Flood, M, (Ed.). (2007), International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities London ; New York: Routledge.

Hearn J. & K. Pringle, (Eds.). (2006), European Perspectives on Men and Masculinities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hearn, J. (2004). From Hegemonic Masculinity to the Hegemony of Men. Feminist Theory, 5(1), 49–72.

Hearn, J. (2015). Men of the World: Genders, Globalizations, Transnational Times. Sage, London, UK.

Katz, J. (2006). The macho paradox: why some men hurt women and how all men can help. Naperville, Ill: Sourcebooks, Inc.

Kimmel, M. S. (Ed.). (1995). The politics of manhood: profeminist men respond to the mythopoetic men’s movement (and the mythopoetic leaders answer). Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Kimmel, M. S. & J. Hearn (Eds.). (2005), Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities, SAGE.

Lamb, M. E. (2000). The History of Research on Father Involvement. Marriage & Family Review, 29(2-3), 23–42.

Lamb, M. E. (2010). The Role of the Father in Child Development, 5th Edition, Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.

Miller, T. (2011). Making Sense of Fatherhood. Gender, Caring and Work, New York: Cambridge University Press.

O’Brien, M., Brandth, B., & Kvande, E. (2007). Fathers, Work and Family Life. Community, Work & Family, 10(4), 375–386.

Suwada, K & L. Plantin. (2014). On Fatherhood, Masculinities and Family Policies: A Comparative Analysis of Poland and Sweden, Polish Sociological Review, (3), 509-524.

Suwada, K. (2015). Naturalisation of the Difference. The Experience of Fatherhood in Sweden and Poland, Studia Humanistyczne AGH, No 14(2), 141-155.

Titkow, A. (2010). Do Men Have Their Own Glass Ceiling? Polish Sociological Review, (172), 391–409.

Wojnicka, K. (2011). (Re)constructing Masculinity à la Polonaise. In E. Ruspini, J. Hearn, B. Pease, & K. Pringle (Eds.), Men and masculinities around the world: transforming men’s practices (Palgrave Macmillan., pp. 71–83). New York, NY.

Wojnicka, K. (2012). The Polish profeminist movement. GENDER Heft, 3, 25–40.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

1. Attendance

2. Student Presentation

3. Activity


fail- less than 60%

satisfactory- 60-70%

satisfactory plus-70-75%

good – 75-80%

good plus- 80-90%

very good – 90-100%

Practical placement: (in Polish)

Not applicable.

Classes in period "Summer semester 2022/23" (past)

Time span: 2023-02-20 - 2023-09-30
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Type of class:
Discussion seminar, 20 hours more information
Coordinators: Katarzyna Suwada
Group instructors: Katarzyna Suwada
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Short description:

Course starts on 22nd March!

Classes in period "Winter semester 2023/24" (past)

Time span: 2023-10-01 - 2024-02-19
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Coordinators: Katarzyna Suwada
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Short description:

The course will begin on 11 October.

There will be 8 meetings every two weeks from 4:45PM to 6:45 PM.

Dates of classes: 11.10, 25.10, 8.11, 22.11, 6.12, 20.12, 10.01, 24.01.

Classes in period "Winter semester 2024/25" (future)

Time span: 2024-10-01 - 2025-02-16
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Type of class:
Discussion seminar, 15 hours more information
Coordinators: Katarzyna Suwada
Group instructors: Katarzyna Suwada
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