Gender Theory

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5GN010

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Gender Research A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Arts, 8 January 2020
Responsible department
Centre for Gender Research

General provisions

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.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university

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 and independently participate in advanced seminar discussions and present advanced written and oral arguments in an independent and critical manner.


Since the 1970s, theoretical developments in the field of Gender Studies have been both extensive and multi-faceted. Departing from 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.


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


Examination forms include 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.