From “Gender Studies” to Gender IN Studies: Towards a Gender Inclusive Curriculum in Higher Education
Edited by Laura Grünberg
This volume on gender in education makes a concrete and original contribution to “emotional literacy” and to the importance of awareness raising from the perspective of gender biases in higher education content, by moving from gender as a topic of study, towards the mainstreaming of gender and gender neutralizing within curricula across all disciplines.
The chapter on Serbia examines and analyzes the level of gender content inclusiveness in faculty curricula. The analysis is focused on the introduction of gender curricula at the Universities of Belgrade, Niš, and Novi Sad and data gathered from interviews with academics from the investigated departments, and also supplied by experts in the field of education, working in governmental institutions. The case study covers the Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences of mentioned Universities. Findings indicate that the process of gender content inclusion in Serbia faces numerous difficulties and obstacles, often generating disapproval within the academic community itself. Nonetheless, owing to the individual efforts and enthusiasm of those academics involved in women’s studies and in gender studies, university curricula in certain fields of studies such as Legal, Educational and Social Sciences are slowly, but steadily, undergoing revision while adapting their content to them, and the current of gender inclusiveness is on the rise.