This course offers an introduction to contemporary gender theories. The aim is to give students the opportunity to thoroughly familiarize themselves with some of the most influential theories and major theoretical debates in the interdisciplinary field of gender studies as it has developed over the past three decades. To achieve that aim we will use a textbook (Alsop et al) which gives an overview and critical assessments of major theoretical issues. In addition students will read a number of key-texts that have centrally informed the project of gender studies as it stands today. The course is team-taught by various instructors from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.