Syllabus for Gender Theory

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Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5GN010
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Gender Research A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-02-27
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-03-11
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Applies from: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university
  • Responsible department: Centre for Gender Research

Decisions and guidelines

The centre for gender research is responsible for this course. This course is obligatory for students reading the Master's programme in the Humanities - Gender Studies. Priority is given to students reading this programme.

Learning outcomes

Following successful completion of the course students will be able to:

- Independently identify, discuss and critically relate to various theoretical debates about sex/gender.
- Discuss gender studies theories and methods as developed through inter-disciplinary perspectives and with a global outlook
- Identify and problematise the ways in which sex/gender structures, and is structured in, culture, society and science based on different themes (for example) work, politics, family as well as masculinity, race and globalization.
- Actively participate in seminar discussions and present written and oral arguments in the independent and critical manner expected at the advanced level

Content

Since the 1970s, theoretical developments in the field of Gender Studies have been both extensive and multi-faceted. Starting from a basis in feminist theory, this course aims to introduce major theoretical discussions about sex and gender, examine different understandings of these core concepts and how they intersect with other aspects of power and embodiment related to, among others, questions of race, sexuality and ability. During the course a selection of different theoretical perspectives are interrogated, problematised, and positioned in relation to one another to identify divergences and lines of development.

Instruction

The course is delivered through a series of obligatory lectures and/or seminars

Assessment

Examination forms include an active participation in the seminars; student led seminars; and a written paper based on the theme of the course. All essays will undergo a plagiarism check.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Ahmed, Sara "Orientations: Towards a Queer Phenomenology"

    Part of:

    GLQ : a journal of lesbian and gay studies

    vol. 12 (2007)

    p. 543-574 (25 p)

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    Mandatory

  • Ahmed, Sara “A Phenomenology of Whiteness”

    Part of:

    Feminist theory

    Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2000-

    vol. 8 (2007) nr. 2

    p. 149-168 (20 p)

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    Mandatory

  • Alaimo, Stacy “Trans-corporeal Feminisms and The Ethical Space of Nature"

    Part of:

    Hekman, Susan J.; Alaimo, Stacy Material feminisms

    Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008

    p. 237-264 (27 p)

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  • Anzaldúa, Gloria "La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness"

    Part of:

    Anzaldúa, Gloria Borderlands : the new mestiza = La frontera

    2. ed.: San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, cop. 1999

    p. 77-91 (14 p)

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  • Barad, Karen “Nature’s Queer Performativity"

    Part of:

    Kvinder, køn & forskning [Elektronisk resurs]

    1992-

    vol. 26 (2012) nr. 1-2

    p. 25-53 (28 p)

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    Mandatory

  • Braidotti, Rosi “Sexual Difference as a Nomadic Political Project"

    Part of:

    Braidotti, Rosi. Nomadic subjects : embodiment and sexual difference in contemporary feminist theory

    2. ed.: New York: Columbia University Press, cop. 2011

    p. 146-171 (25 p)

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  • Butler, Judith “Imitation and Gender Insubordination"

    Part of:

    Abelove, Henry; Barale, Michèle Aina; Halperin, David M. The lesbian and gay studies reader

    New York: Routledge, 1993

    p. 307-320 (13 p)

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  • Butler, Judith “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution”

    Part of:

    Theatre journal

    Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1996-

    vol. 40 (1988) nr. 4

    p. 519-531 (12 p)

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  • Butler, Judith “The End of Sexual Difference?"

    Part of:

    Butler, Judith Undoing gender [Elektronisk resurs]

    New York: Routledge, 2004

    p. 174-203 (29 p)

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  • Colebrook, Claire; Weinstein, Jami “Preface: Postscript on the Posthuman”

    Part of:

    Weinstein, Jami; Colebrook, Claire Posthumous life : theorizing beyond the posthuman

    New York: Columbia University Press, [2017]

    ix-xxi (11 p)

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  • Connell, R.W. “A Very Straight Gay: Masculinity, Homosexual Experience, and the Dynamics of Gender"

    Part of:

    American sociological review

    Menasha, Wis.: American Sociological Society, 1936-

    vol. 57 (1992)

    p. 735-751 (16 p)

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    Mandatory

  • Dahl, Ulrika “Sexism: A femme-inist perspective"

    Part of:

    New formations : a journal of culture, theory, politics

    London: Methuen, 1987-

    (2015) nr. 86

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    Mandatory

  • De Beauvoir, Simone "Introduction"

    Part of:

    Beauvoir, Simone de Parshley, H. M. The second sex

    New York: Vintage books, 1989

    27 p

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    Mandatory

  • Deleuze, Gilles “Lecture/Transcript on Spinoza’s Concept of Affect"

    Webdeleuze, 1978

    Link to PDF

    27 p

    Mandatory

  • Duggan, Lisa; McHugh, Kathleen “A fem(me)inist manifesto"

    Part of:

    Women & performance : a journal of feminist theory

    New York, N.Y.: Women & Performance Project at the Dept. of Performance Studies, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, 1983-

    vol. 8 (1996) nr. 2

    p. 153-159 (6 p)

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  • Frye, Marilyn "Oppression"

    Part of:

    Frye, Marilyn The politics of reality : essays in feminist theory

    Trumansburg, N.Y.: Crossing P., cop 1983

    p. 1-16 (16 p)

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    Mandatory

  • Grosz, Elisabeth "The Force of Sexual Difference"

    Part of:

    Grosz, E. A. Time travels : feminism, nature, power

    Durham: Duke University Press, 2005

    p. 171-183 (12 p)

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  • Grosz, Elisabeth “Refiguring Lesbian Desire"

    Part of:

    Grosz, Elizabeth Space, time, and perversion : essays on the politics of bodies

    New York: Routledge, 1995

    p. 173-185 (12 p)

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    Mandatory

  • Hemmings, Clare “Invoking Affect: Cultural Theory and the Ontological Turn"

    Part of:

    Cultural studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    London: Taylor & Francis, 1998-

    vol. 19 (2005) nr. 5

    p. 548-567 (18 p)

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    Mandatory

  • Hoodfar, Homa “The Veil in Their Minds and on Our Heads: The Persistence of Colonial Images of Muslim Women"

    Part of:

    RFR/DRF : Resources for feminist research : Documentation sur la recherche féministe

    Toronto: 1979-

    vol. 22 (1993) nr. 3-4

    p. 5-22 (14 p)

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    Mandatory

  • hooks, bell “Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression"

    Part of:

    hooks, bell Feminist theory : from margin to center

    2. ed.: London: Pluto Press, cop. 2000

    p. 17-31 (14 p)

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  • hooks, bell “Postmodern blackness"

    Part of:

    hooks, bell Yearning : race, gender, and cultural politics

    New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015

    s. 23-31 (7 s)

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  • Irigaray, Luce Porter, Catherine; Burke, Carolyn This sex which is not one

    Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1985

    p. 23-33, 205-218 (23 p)

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  • Kuhar, Roman; Paternotte, David “Gender ideology"

    Part of:

    Kuhar, Roman; Paternotte, David Anti-gender campaigns in Europe : mobilizing against equality

    London: Rowman & Littlefield International, Ltd., [2017]

    p. 1-22 (22 p)

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  • Lorde, Audre “Sexism: An American Disease in Blackface"

    Part of:

    Lorde, Audre Sister outsider : essays and speeches

    Trumansburg, N.Y.: Crossing Press, cop. 1984

    3 p

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  • Lorde, Audre “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House"

    Part of:

    Lorde, Audre Sister outsider : essays and speeches

    Trumansburg, N.Y.: Crossing Press, cop. 1984

    2 p

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  • Martin, Biddy “Sexualities Without Genders and Other Utopias"

    Part of:

    Diacritics : a review of contemporary criticism

    Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University, Dept. of Romance Studies, 1971-

    vol. 24 (1994) nr. 2-3

    p. 104-121 (17 p)

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  • McRuer, Robert “Compulsory Able-Bodiedness and Queer/Disabled Existence

    Part of:

    Davis, Lennard J. The disability studies reader

    4th ed.: New York, NY: Routledge, 2013

    p. 88-99 (11 p)

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  • Muñoz, Jose Esteban “Feeling Brown: Ethnicity and Affect in Ricardo Bracho's ‘The Sweetest Hangover (And Other STDs)’”

    Part of:

    Theatre journal

    Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1996-

    vol. 52 (2000) nr. 1

    p. 67-79 (12 p)

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  • Muñoz, José Esteban “Queerness as Horizon"

    Part of:

    Muñoz, José Esteban Cruising utopia : the then and there of queer futurity

    New York: New York University Press, cop. 2009

    p. 19-32 (13 p)

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  • Narayan, Uma “Contesting Cultures"

    Part of:

    Narayan, Uma Dislocating cultures : identities, traditions, and Third-World feminism

    New York: Routledge, 1997

    p. 2-39 (19 p)

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  • Preciado, Beatriz "Testogel"

    Part of:

    Preciado, Beatriz Benderson, Bruce Testo Junkie : sex, drugs, and biopolitics in the pharmacopornographic era

    New York: The Feminist Press at The City University of New York, 2013

    p. 55-67 (12 p)

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  • Puar, Jasbir “Bodies with New Organs: Becoming Trans, Becoming Disabled”

    Part of:

    Puar, Jasbir K. Right to maim : debility, capacity, disability

    Durham: Duke University Press, 2017

    p. 33-62 (29 p)

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  • Serano, Julia. Whipping girl : a transsexual woman on sexism and the scapegoating of femininity

    Seattle, Wash.: Seal, 2007.

    chap. 8 (33 p)

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  • Somerville, Siobhan “Scientific Racism and the Invention of the Homosexual Body"

    Part of:

    Journal of the history of sexuality

    vol. 5 (1994) nr. 2

    p. 243-266 (23 p)

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  • Spade, Dean “Mutilating Gender"

    Part of:

    Stryker, Susan; Whittle, Stephen The transgender studies reader

    London: Routledge, 2006

    p. 315-332 (17 p)

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  • Stryker, Susan “My Words to Victor Frankenstein above the Village of Chamounix: Performing Transgender Rage"

    Part of:

    GLQ : a journal of lesbian and gay studies

    vol. 1 (1994) nr. 3

    p. 237-254 (17 p)

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