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Minor in Gender Studies

Right now, traditional worldviews and knowledges are changing. “Minor in Gender Studies” provides tools to understand these global challenges, particularly through questions of inequality and power.

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Centre for Gender Studies offers a Minor in Gender Studies (30 ECTS), consisting of three courses that critically engage with contemporary questions about power, (in)equality and discrimination.

Gender, power and inequalities

The minor offers an introduction to theoretical frameworks and political discussions central to the field of gender studies. It enables critical analysis of important questions such as equality, citizenship, welfare, migration, racism, climate change, and sustainability.

– This knowledge is important for anyone who wants to understand changes in our time, whether in political landscapes, bodies or climate, says Ingvil Hellstrand. She is an Associate Professor at Center of gender studies and Study Program Coordinator.

She emphasizes that this specialization is useful for anyone working in administration and management, or working with people and communication.

– It also apply to everyone in knowledge professions, like teachers and journalists, she says.

The three courses making up the minor, are:

  • «Transnational Perspectives on Nordic Gender Equality and Welfare» investigate Nordic gender equality and welfare models from a transnational perspective. We will discuss some of the key features of gender equality and welfare theory, policy and politics in the Nordic social-democratic tradition.
  • «Intersectionality: Critical perspectives on inequality and power» 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.
  • «A posthuman era? New theoretical reflections on the human and its relations» explores the role and position of the human in a geological context, and looks into what is at stake for the understanding of what counts as human and our entangled relations with for example technology, animals and the weather.

Analytical tools

Together, the courses provide a broad knowledge base for understanding gender, power and differences. The minor also provides students with analytical tools to engage with issues of inequality and power, both on individual and society level.

– The courses fit nicely together, as they offer various perspectives on a contemporary changing and challenging world. Not least, the analytical tools are useful across the courses, Hellstrand says.

How to apply

Each course is 10 ETC, and available on both bachelor- and master level. To join the minor, apply for the three courses (Application guide for exchange students).

Bachelor courses:

GEN330 Transnational Perspectives on Nordic Gender Equality and Welfare
GEN350 A posthuman era? New theoretical reflections on the human and its relations
GEN360 Intersectionality: Critical Perspectives on Inequality and Power

Master courses:

GEN530 Transnational Perspectives on Nordic Gender Equality and Welfare
GEN550 A posthuman era? New theoretical reflections on the human and its relations
GEN560 Intersectionality: Critical Perspectives on Inequality and Power

All courses are open to exchange students and students from all study programs at the University of Stavanger. It is also possible to apply for one or two courses.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Ingvil Hellstrand: ingvil.f.hellstrand@uis.no