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Learn to develop a gender and diversity perspective

Critical analysis of questions around gender, race, and sexuality

The minor Gender and Diversity introduces the various facets of thinking in terms of gender, race, and sexuality. You will obtain knowledge about relevant discussions and concepts in the field of gender, race and sexuality studies and of the way these themes are discussed in different disciplines: philosophy, medicine and health sciences, arts and literature, sociology and anthropology, and religious studies. The multidisciplinary character of the minor will enable you to develop a diverse perspective upon the problems studied in two ways: 

1. By meeting students from other disciplines in the classroom and discussing the reading material together; 

2. By taking courses in various disciplines. 

In papers you will apply your achieved knowledge to your own discipline, or you will develop a multidisciplinary perspective by writing a paper together with students from other disciplines.

The courses Theorizing Gender and Intersectionality, Sexual Health and Religions and Gender are mandatory. To complete the minor, you choose two additional courses from The Personal is Political: life-world and biographies of the Othered, American Film and Identity, Diversity and Inclusion. 

Overview courses

  • Theorizing Gender and Intersectionality

    This course introduces the theoretical perspectives in feminist, race, and intersectionality theory, and forms the backbone of the minor. It gives insight into the sex/gender debate, social constructionism and materialism, gender and race theory, the debate about intersectionality.

  • Sexual Health: Threats and Opportunities

    Sexual Health aims at coming to a better understanding of sexual health in its societal and scientific context. In the course, theories and methodologies of research into sexual health will be studied, and implications of outcomes of such research for public health policy will be examined. 

  • The Personal is Political: life-world and biographies of the Othered

    The course borrows "The personal is political", from the late 1970s women's movement, to engage with auto/biographies, storytelling and personhood. The course brings them forth to discuss how sexualities, pleasures, bodies, racialization, illnesses and disabilities intersect historically and become multidimensions of gendered differences and natureculture divide?  This question is based on the fact that the knowledge of “our” personhood are embedded within our imaginations and identities. We, humans, speak from that knowledge. This course dialogues with students to spotlight how knowledge of oneself and perspective into oneself is a biographical experience that is political and becomes political.

  • Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion

    You will address questions around national and European identity, in which gender, (homo)sexuality and class have become prominent as markers of national inclusion and exclusion. You will study Islamophobic rightwing and Islamic radicalization as possible reactions to experienced threats to identity.

  • American Film

    You will discuss key representations of the “Other” – in terms of race, sexuality, and gender – in American films such as Jezebel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Vertigo, and Alien.

  • Religions and Gender

    In this course, you will learn about the relationship of religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Shinto, Greek and Babylonian religions) to gender. For example: male and female models in religious narratives, historical shifts in the religious status of women, religious views of homosexuality and, masculinity in religious politics.