Gender, Class, Ethnicity and Sexuality - SIMP25
15 credits, Autumn 2020
In this course, we treat some of the major trends and theoretical debates in Gender Studies and work together as a team of teachers and students from difference backgrounds to explore common intellectual interests and feminist questions.
Major Trends and Debates in Gender Studies
One of the challenges and pleasures of Gender Studies is interdisciplinarity. The concept and practice of interdisciplinarity has been discussed, debated and theorized with in Gender Studies since it developed as a research area in the 1970s and new terms have been used including transdisciplinarity, post- disciplinarity and multidisciplinarity. In this course, we treat some of the major trends and theoretical debates in Gender Studies and work together as a team of teachers and students from difference backgrounds to explore common intellectual interests and feminist questions. The different backgrounds of the course participants provide a basis for cooperation and also for looking at issues from variety of social science different perspectives.
Gender and Other Categories of Power
As a student you will be work with the core elements in current feminist theories in dialogue with established academic disciplines. A particular focus will be placed on understanding how gender interrelates to other categories of differences and power such as class, ethnicity and sexuality. You will also explore the historical development of gender theories in relation to the social sciences. You will be introduced to and/ or deepen your knowledge of theories ranging from poststructuralist, material feminist, postcolonial and queer theory, to theories in the field of masculinity. The question of how gender, sexuality, class, race/ethnicity intersect will be addressed. The course will focus on areas of feminist debate such as:
- theorising gender, feminism and social theory
- gender differences and representations of "otherness"
- sexualities, masculinity, reproduction and new family forms
- citizenship, welfare and globalisation
Online course platform
This course uses Canvas as the online course platform. The course platform will be opened about four weeks before the course begins to all students who were accepted. Here you will be able to access literature, assignments, announcements, and schedule, as well as participate in discussions and communicate with teachers.
Excerpts from student evaluations
“I was very satisfied with the course, especially appreciated the time I could spend with other students, discussing and developing our understanding of each topic."
“We had the opportunity to see contemporary discussions on gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality.”