Gender Theory

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5GN010

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, 11 March 2021
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. Priority is given to students reading this programme.

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


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.


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


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.