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Män i tights och kvinnor i byxor: En kritisk undersökning av hur film kan användas i historieundervisningen för att lära eleverna studera förändringar i genus och hur dessa kan relateras till sin samtidskontext
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Men in tights and women in trousers : A critical study of how film can be used in the study of history to teach students how to study change in gender and how these can be related to the context of their time period (English)
Abstract [en]

Film is a tool frequently used by teachers, but it is often limited to showing students how historical time periods looked like, or as a way for students to search for historical inaccuracies. The aim of this essay is to study whether it is possible to use two films based on the legend of Robin Hood as a way to teach students how to contextualize gender history.


Through the use of film analysis and gender analysis of two different versions of Robin Hood, The adventures of Robin Hood and Robin Hood: Prince of thieves were analyzed. The study has shown that it is indeed possible to use film as a source material for the study of gender history, and that film can tell us a lot about the contemporary view of gender, masculinity and femininity. The didactical analysis concluded that there was no theoretical objection of using film as a source material; however, there are some things that a teacher should be aware of. Although film may be a good way to create a varied study environment and benefit students with reading- and writing disabilities, there is a risk that time-constraints and lack of knowledge of film and its methodology on, behalf of both teachers and students, may make it hard to implement. Although, with a lot of preparation, training and cooperation among teachers these obstacles can be overcome and thus a better educational environment achieved.

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2012. , 70 p.
Keyword [sv]
Robin Hood, Film, Genus, Didaktik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-17433OAI: diva2:497483
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-02-16 Created: 2012-02-10 Last updated: 2012-02-16Bibliographically approved

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