This is the study programme for 2020/2021.
The course serves as an introduction to the concept of intersectionality and how it has been used as a critical analytic to produce knowledge of the ways in which structural inequality and oppression continues to organize human life. Intersectionality suggests that inequality is never (only) shaped by single-axis division, such as gender, but rather that inequality must be understood as the effect of multiple and overlapping axes of division grounded in histories of colonialism and exploitation. Intersectional frameworks emerge from and are indebted to Black feminist theory, critical race studies, and in particular the activist labour of Black women and women of colour. Today intersectionality is both a widely used concept in scholarship, policymaking, and activism, and a contested concept in public debates about feminism, anti-racism, and identity politics in the Nordic region.
- Students should acquire knowledge about intersectionality as a theoretical and analytical framework.
- Students should acquire knowledge of how multiple axes of social division such as gender, race, sexuality, age, class, intersect and how these may be articulated and discussed in complex ways.
- Students should acquire knowledge of contemporary debates around intersectionality and how the concept is used to promote social change.
- Students should be able to analyse and critically discuss intersectionality as a theoretical framework.
- Students should be able to analyse inequality as the effect of multiple axes of social division through an intersectional lens.
- Students should be able to discuss the politics of intersectionality and assess its potentiality for initiating social change.
- After completing the course, students are expected to be familiar with core texts on intersectionality.
- After completing the course, students are expected to have acquired theoretical knowledge about intersectionality and use intersectionality as an analytical perspective.
- After completing the course, students are expected to be able to apply intersectional perspectives in educational settings as well as their everyday lives.
During the course, we will acquire knowledge of how intersectionality emerges from Black feminist theory and critical race studies. During the course, we will investigate how intersectional thinking from the onset sought to undo the whiteness of feminist knowledge production, and intersectionality will be discussed about different themes such as racism, the legacy of colonialism, reproductive justice, belonging, identity politics, and different forms of activism. We will also examine how intersectionality has travelled across (academic) geographies and how it has been used and debated by gender studies scholars in the Nordic region. The course is relevant for students who are interested in the theoretical and analytical potentialities of intersectionality.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Digital home-exam: an individual written essay (3000 words) to be handed in electronically. The language for the exam is English. The exam will be graded A-F.
|Home assignment||1/1||8 days||A - F|
One activity, one written essay and one group presentation
The course requires active participation, and students will have to complete three compulsory assignments that include an activity, an oral presentation, and a compulsory mid-term assignment (1500 words). The assignments comprise the compulsory mid-term evaluation, which will receive a pass/fail assessment. Students will have to pass this 3-part compulsory assignment in order to qualify for the final exam. The language for the course work is English.
- Course coordinator
- Jan-Therese Mendes
- Course teacher
- Lene Myong
Method of work
The course consists of weekly sessions. These sessions will include lectures, seminars, group work and individual work - adapted to different modes of study. All students are expected to read the syllabus and participate in group discussions and thereby develop analytic reflections in a productive environment with fellow students. This will be done on and off campus and the course coordinator will facilitate a digital learning platform (Canvas). The working language for this course is English.
|Intersectionality: Critical perspectives on Inequality and Power (GEN360_1)
Student evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the evaluation system at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
This is the study programme for 2020/2021.
Sist oppdatert: 12.08.2020