Courses in English

Hilma-network organizes two courses in English
in Autumn 2021

Introduction to Gender Studies (5 ECTS);
20.9- 19.11.2021; Ph.D  Eira Juntti

Course Description: The course provides an introduction to the field of gender studies, beginning with a discussion on the concept of gender and continues with the following topics: bodies & sexuality, social construction of gender, masculinities, gendered relationships, feminist theory and feminist movement, gender & work, and gender & politics.

By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the basic concepts used in gender studies, know the main theories on gender used in social sciences and be familiar with the history of the feminist movement.

Course Requirements: The course requires active weekly participation.

Weekly Participation: Every week, students will read 1–2 texts available online and discuss them in small groups in the Moodle learning environment. Each student is assigned the responsibility of opening the weekly discussion in their group twice during the course, plus they are required to write 3 comments in response to others’ posts every week. Weekly participation counts for 70% of the final grade.

Learning Diary: The final assignment is a Learning Diary, including a self-evaluation, which counts for 30%.

Self-introduction & Course Evaluation: In addition, students are required to post a self-introduction in the beginning and complete a course evaluation in the end of the course.

Course Materials: There will be a selection of reading materials available through Moodle.

Target Group & Prerequisites: Previous studies in gender studies are not required. The course is meant primarily for Bachelor’s (Candidate’s) students, or students in their early years of Master’s programs in the social sciences or humanities (e.g. history, sociology, anthropology, political science, cultural studies). If there are more applicants than can be accommodated, priority will be given to exchange students and students in English language Master’s programs. In addition, we seek to accept students from all member universities equally.

Apply here 16.8-10.9.2021

Gender and environment,
Dr. Olga Cielemecka

SORRY – This course is cancelled  for this autumn, we hope to organise it spring 2022


Course description
Today’s climate emergency, raising sea levels, extreme weather, species extinction, and ubiquitous pollution require not only urgent action but also a critical and interdisciplinary reflection on the causes of environmental crisis and its impact on various human and nonhuman lives. This course looks into the question of humans’ relationship with and understanding of the environment through the lens of selected feminist, queer, and other anti-oppressive perspectives. We employ critical tools and theories to discuss environmental change in relation to multiple trajectories of power and resistance that involve the interlocking systems of sex/gender, race/ethnicity, dis/ability, and other. We discuss the historical roots of environmental crisis and inquire into possible climate futures. The course introduces essential readings on gender and environment and familiarizes students with some of the key issues, questions, and debates in the field of feminist environmental humanities – an eclectic field of study that looks at intersections of environmental and societal issues with multiple critical theories of race, gender, and species. The course offers a space to discuss and reflect on current environmental crisis and how it affects various bodies, communities, and ecologies.

Objectives On completion of the course, student should be able to:
1) Understand fundamental concepts and theories discussed during the course, such as social construction of the nature/culture divide, various conceptions of nature, the Anthropocene, wilderness, ecology, and the connection between normativity and the concept of nature “nature”.
2) Be able to identify and problematize the intersections of environmental and societal issues, such as struggles for racial, Indigenous, and gender justice.
3) Acquire and practice critical skills that allow for a reflection on historical, gendered, racialised, classed, and otherwise socially, historically, and politically shaped understandings of human relationships with other living beings and more-than-human environments.
4) Identify main concepts, arguments, and methods in a text; contextualise and critically analyse them;
5) Become acquainted with radically interdisciplinary, critical methods in humanities research on environmental and ecological issues.
6) Understand the contributions of feminist theory to environmental humanities and the role of critical queer, antiracist, anticolonial, and antimilitary interventions into environmental theory.
7) Identify critical tools of the humanities and arts useful in discussions about climate emergency and action.
8) Apply this knowledge in a reflection on contemporary social and political situation in the context of climate emergency;
9) Improve their writing skills and practice academic as well as creative writing according to the standards and requirements of Finnish higher education.


Study methods: The course consists of pre-recorded lectures, readings, virtual classroom meetings – online seminars taking place in real time, and written assignments. Each class consists of an introductory lecture and activities grounded in the reading material. Reading load for each session is approximately 20-25 pages. On top of these there is a total of four written assignments for students to submit.   I use a mix of online teaching-learning methods and activities, such as whole group and small group discussions, concept mapping, group work, academic writing exercises, creative writing practices, glossary building, poster making. Course materials include a variety of materials, such as e.g. academic articles, book chapters, newspaper clippings, links, videos, other visual and audio material, additional reading list, and prerecorded lectures provided by the instructor. All materials will be made available to students prior to the class.