The Role of Woman in Slovenian Society and Culture


Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)

Slovene Studies – tradition and modernity

Course code: 46 

Year of study: Brez letnika 

Course principal:
Assoc. Prof. Mirjam Milharčič Hladnik, Ph.D.


Workload: lectures 60 hours, seminar 30 hours

Course type: general elective 

Languages: Slovene 

Learning and teaching methods: lectures, discussion classes 

Objectives and competences

To familiarize students with the role of woman in Slovenian society from the historical, theoretical, and analytical perspectives within the comparative context of Europe and beyond. To provide students opportunities for individual research and theoretical projects through the selection of course literature and work methods in lectures and in discussion classes. To assist in enriching the still insufficient corpus of knowledge on the role of woman in Slovenia.



None required.


Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Ideological philosophy of scientists and the policy of knowledge selection:
    • Was Marx a Marxist, Darwin a Darwinist, and Virginia Woolf a feminist? 
    • How to read and analyse the material read and understand the unwritten 
    • Sources and “sources,” and where is experience?
    • What to do with feelings 
  • History: where do we come from?
    • The social status of women today 
    • Today originates in yesterday 
    • There is no women’s issue 
    • Ideological and political premises of the study 
  • Identity or concepts of sex roles:
    • Equality and justifications of differences 
    • From private to public and political 
    • Battles, retreats, victories, and defeats 
  • We need bread and roses, too!
    • Doctors, instructors, professors, and directors 
    • Cleaners, cooks, and housewives 
    • Universality of rights and cultural relativism 
  • What do I want to be?
    • Perspectives of observers and perspectives of the observed 
    • Sex roles as social roles of performance 
    • Which is the right one? 
  • Migration: where are we going?
    • The female migrant as a metaphor for woman 
    • Women with two or more homes, without a home, from nowhere, from here and there, and from neither here nor there 
    • Feminization of migrant flows 
    • Global women 



  • A History of Women in the West I-IV. Cambridge, Massachusetts, London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge.
  • Vode, Angela. 1998. Spol in upor, (Zbrana dela Angele Vode, knj. 1), (Knjižna zbirka Krt, 109). 1. izd. Ljubljana: Krtina.

-. 1999. Značaj in usoda, (Zbrana dela Angele Vode, knj. 2), (Knjižna zbirka Krt, 110). 1. izd. Ljubljana: Krtina.

-. 2000. Spomin in pozaba, (Zbrana dela Angele Vode, knj. 3), (Knjižna zbirka Krt, 111). 1. izd. Ljubljana: Krtina.

  • Milharčič Hladnik, Mirjam. 1995. Šolstvo in učiteljice na Slovenskem (Zbirka Sophia 5). Ljubljana: Znanstveno in publicistično središče.
  • Milharčič Hladnik, Mirjam, Žagar, Igor Ž. 1996. Nekaj izhodiščnih prizadevanj za odpravo seksistične rabe jezika. V: Spol: Ž. Ljubljana: KUD France Prešeren: Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis – ISH.
  • Žnidaršič, Sabina Ž. 2001. Ora et labora – in molči ženska!, pregled demografije dežele Kranjske in pridobitnosti žensk v desetletjih 1880-1910. Ljubljana: cf.
  • Accati, Luisa. 2001. Pošast in lepotica, Oče in mati v katoliški vzgoji čustev. Ljubljana: Studia Humanitatis.
  • Vidmar, Ksenija H. ur. 2001. Ženski žanri – spol in množično občinstvo v sodobni kulturi. Ljubljana: Zbirka Dokumenta, ISH.
  • Woolf, Virginia. 2001. Tri gvineje. Ljubljana: Lila zbirka, cf.

-. 1999. Lastna soba. Ljubljana: Lila zbirka, cf.

  • De Beauvoir, Simone. 2000. Drugi spol, 1. in 2. del. Ljubljana: Delta.
  • Muser, Erna, Zavrl, Vida ur. 1971. FKL Žensko koncentracijsko taborišče Ravensbruck. Ljubljana: Partizanska knjiga.
  • Stanley, Liz. 1995. The Auto/biographical I, The theory and practice of feminist auto/biography. Manchester, New York: Manchester University Press.
  • Irigaray, Luce. 1995. Jaz, ti, me, mi. Ljubljana: Znanstveno in publicistično središče.
  • Bahovec, Eva D. ur. 1992. Vzgoja med gospostvom in analizo. Ljubljana: KRT.

-. 1993. Od ženskih študij k feministični teoriji, Ljubljana: Časopis za kritiko znanosti.

  • Molek, Mary. 1976. Immigrant Woman. Delaware: Dover.
  • Planinsek Odorizzi, Irene M. 1978. The Footsteps Through Time, Washington: Washington Landmark Tours.
  • Drakulić, Slavenka. 2002. Kot da me ni, Ljubljana: Aleph.
  • Pizan, Christine de. 1999. Mesto dam, Ljubljana: Delta.
  • Wollstonecraft, Mary. 1992. Zagovor pravic ženske, Ljubljana: Krt.
  • Zaviršek, Darja ur. 1996. Spolno nasilje. Feministične raziskave za socialno delo, Ljubljana: Visoka šola za socialno delo.



  • Students must actively participate in lectures and discussion classes, which are based on parallel reading of literature and critical assessment of the material read. 
  • Students must write a paper, which serves as preparation for the final examination paper. 
  • A final paper (independent research paper) is presented in class. 
  • The exam comprises active participation in lectures and in discussion classes and oral presentation of the final paper.


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