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Sociology Ma, Sociology and gender: intersectional perspectives, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: SO002A
Subject/Main field: Sociologi
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Department of Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/1/2012
Date of change: 9/28/2016
Version valid from: 9/30/2016


The aim of the course is that students should gain knowledge about how the exploration of complex power relations between gender, social class, race and ethnicity, nation and sexuality has been theorized and discussed in social science and feminist theory.

Course objectives

After finishing the course the student should show independent capacity to:

-critically relate to the theoretical grounds for current debate about intersectional perspectives on gender in social science research.

-critically analyze scientific knowledge production with intersectional perspectives.


The focus of the course is on intersectional perspectives in social science theorizing and takes its point of departure in how gender is problematized in relation to other power orders and social dimensions of race and ethnicity, nation, social class, and sexuality. It is furthermore discussed how the intersections of such orders of power impact the life conditions of individuals and groups in contemporary society. Examples are given on how intersectional analysis is utilized in contemporary research. Training in integrating intersectional perspectives and analysis of power through the examination of contemporary research is an important feature in the course.

Entry requirements

Bachelor in Social Sciences with 90 Credits in Sociology.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Halberstam, Judith
Title: "Queer Temporality and Postmodern Geographies”. I: In a Queer time and place. Transgender bodies, subcultural lives
Edition: 2005
Publisher: University Press

Author: Hall, Stuart
Title: The spectacle of the 'other'. I: Representation : cultural representations and signifying practices
Edition: 1997 (sid 223-279)
Publisher: Sage

Author: Hooks, Bell
Title: Ain't I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism
Edition: 1998
Publisher: Pluto

Author: Martinsson, Lena, Griffin, Gabriele & Giritli-Nygren, Katarina
Title: Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden
Edition: 2016
Publisher: Policy Press

Author: Walby, Sylvia, Armstrong, Jo & Strid, Sofia (2012)
Title: Intersectionality: Multiple Inequalities in Social Theory
Edition: 46(2): 224-240
Publisher: Sociology

Author: Yuval-Davies, Nira
Title: Gender and nation
Edition: 2011
Publisher: Sage

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