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GEN360_1

Intersectionality: Critical perspectives on Inequality and Power

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.


The course serves as an introduction to the concept of intersectionality and how it has been used as a critical analytic to produce knowledge of the ways in which structural inequality and oppression continues to organize human life. Intersectionality suggests that inequality is never (only) shaped by single-axis division, such as gender, but rather that inequality must be understood as the effect of multiple and overlapping axes of division grounded in histories of colonialism and exploitation. Intersectional frameworks emerge from and are indebted to Black feminist theory, critical race studies, and in particular the activist labour of Black women and women of colour. Today intersectionality is both a widely used concept in scholarship, policymaking, and activism, and a contested concept in public debates about feminism, anti-racism, and identity politics in the Nordic region.

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes
Knowledge:
  • Students should acquire knowledge about intersectionality as a theoretical and analytical framework.
  • Students should acquire knowledge of how multiple axes of social division such as gender, race, sexuality, age, class, intersect and how these may be articulated and discussed in complex ways.
  • Students should acquire knowledge of contemporary debates around intersectionality and how the concept is used to promote to social change.

Skills:
  • Students should be able to analyse and critically discuss intersectionality as a theoretical framework.
  • Students should be able to analyse inequality as the effect of multiple axes of social division through an intersectional lens.
  • Students should be able to discuss the politics of intersectionality and assess its potentiality for initiating social change.

Competences:
  • After completing the course, students are expected to be familiar with core texts on intersectionality.
  • After completing the course, students are expected to have acquired theoretical knowledge about intersectionality and use intersectionality as an analytical perspective.
  • After completing the course, students are expected to be able to apply intersectional perspectives in educational settings as well as their everyday lives.

Contents

During the course we will acquire knowledge of how intersectionality emerges from Black feminist theory and critical race studies. During the course we will investigate how intersectional thinking from the onset sought to undo the whiteness of feminist knowledge production, and intersectionality will be discussed in relation to different themes such as racism, the legacy of colonialism, reproductive justice, belonging, identity politics, and different forms of activism. We will also examine how intersectionality has traveled across (academic) geographies and how it has been used and debated by gender studies scholars in the Nordic region. The course is relevant for students who are interested in the theoretical and analytical potentialities of intersectionality.

Required prerequisite knowledge

None.

Recommended previous knowledge

60 ECTS

Exam

Weight Duration Marks Aid
Digital home-exam1/15 daysA - F
The exam is an digital, individual home-exam (duration 5 days) to be handed in electronically. Students will be asked to write a paper of 2000 words that will be graded A-F. The language for the exam is English.

Coursework requirements

One activity, two written assignments
The course requires active participation, and students will have to submit two written assignments (500 words each) during the semester and participate in one activity. The assignments/activity comprise the compulsory mid-term evaluation, which will receive a pass/fail assessment. Students will have to pass this 3-part compulsory assignment in order to qualify for the final exam. The language for the coursework is English.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Jan-Therese Mendes
Course teacher
Lene Myong

Method of work

The course consists of weekly sessions. These sessions will include lectures, seminars, group work and individual work adapted to different modes of study. All students are expected to read the syllabus and participate in group discussions and thereby develop analytic reflections in a productive environment with fellow students. This will be done on and off campus and the course coordinator will facilitate a digital learning platform (Canvas). The working language for this course is English.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Intersectionality: critical perspectives on Inequality and Power (GEN560_1) 10

Open to

English Language and Literature - Bachelor's Degree Programme
History - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Journalism - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Nordic Language and Literature - Bachelor's Degree Programme
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Course assessment

The course will be assessed every year in line with standard procedures for course evaluation at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Literature


Link to reading list


This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 04.08.2020

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