Globalisation, Race and Privileges

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5GN043

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, 31 August 2021
Responsible department
Centre for Gender Research

General provisions

The Centre for Gender Research is responsible for this course.

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:

- Identify and summarise critical theoretical approaches to race, inequality and privilege.

- Implement theoretical insights to discuss the ways that race, inequality and privilege are produced and experienced.

- Provide a globalised context to the production of knowledge and its implications for everyday experience.

- Actively participate in seminar discussions and present written and oral arguments in the independent and critical manner expected at the advanced level.


The world is interdependent and the movement of people, organisms, technologies, products and capital have historically defined eras and continue to have repercussions in the ways that life is structured and experienced. These historical networks continue to shape lives and structure inequalities. The course material addresses these inequalities with a critical focus on issues of race and whiteness. Through the course students are introduced to theoretical perspectives grounded in feminist, gender studies and intersectional approaches. Through the course students are required to apply these theoretical perspectives in analysis of discourses of race, racism and privilege.


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


All seminars are part of the examination and include written and oral assignments. In addition students are expected to complete 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.