7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 2SC038

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Sociology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 30 May 2012
Responsible department
Department of Sociology

General provisions

The course is given both as a course within a programme and as an independent course. The course may be given in English.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree of 180 credits including 90 credits in social sciences.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is that the student should develop a deeper ability to formulate and analyse social problems with an intersectional approach and to critically reflect on the importance of such an approach to sociological theory and method as well as to the understanding of social issues.

After the course the student should

-have a deeper knowledge of the development of theories on intersectionality as well as on current theoretical discussions of the concept

-be able to independently formulate and critically analyse social problems based on theory development and methods of intersectionality

-be able to critically reflect on how the interaction between power orders based on several categorisations affect the development of theories and methods in the research fields concerned

-be able to relate the theory development of intersectionality to other sociological theory traditions

-be able to independently in speech and writing with critical reflection convey what an intersectional analysis means and how it can be implemented.


The course deals with the development of theories and theoretical discussion of the concept of intersectionality and its use in order to understand the interaction between power orders based on categorisations such as based on the concepts of gender, class, disability, age, ethnicity and sexuality. Furthermore, the course deals with what an intersectional approach means to theory development and methodological developments in research in these areas. Both the relation to theories of categorisation and the relation to general sociological theories are highlighted. Different methodological approaches for intersectional analysis are demonstrated. Theoretical and methodological problems in intersectional approaches are highlighted based on empirical studies and current international scientific articles.


The course consists of lectures, projects and seminars. Active participation in seminars is always compulsory. Other compulsory attendance is indicated on the course schedule. Absence from compulsory elements must be compensated by assignments.


Assessment is by home assignments and/or seminars. Home assignments which are submitted after the deadline cannot be given the grade VG, unless there are special circumstances. If something is missing in a submitted assignment it must be supplemented and resubmitted within 14 days from when the result is available for the student.