Courses in English

Hilma-network organizes two courses in English in Spring 2020

Feminist Food Studies (5 ETC) SPT-550


Teachers: Pieta Hyvärinen & Freja Högback

Level: Intermediate studies

Description: During the course we examine food production and eating from different feminist research perspectives. In the course, food is studied as a constitutive part of everyday life and politics and therefore as linked to the various intersecting differences central to feminist studies: gender, race, class, and sexuality. Also the question of non-human others as and in relation to food is examined in the course. The course deals with, for example, everyday gendered practices around food production, preparation and eating, feminist food justice, animal production through feminist and animal ethics, food from posthumanist and new materialist perspectives, food and racialization, postcolonial perspectives on food, and social movements related to food.  In the course, the student will learn how to think of food from the perspective of different feminist theories. The student will also learn how food is part of feminist politics and what kinds of tools feminist research provides to tackle food-related social and environmental issues.

Working methods: Reading articles, watching/listening to online material, online discussions in small groups, practice-oriented assignments, final essay and self-assessment

Readings, materials: Assigned readings for each week, including academic articles, book chapters, and internet resources (including videos and/or podcasts).

Maximus amount of students 30.

Applications 5.12.1019 – 9.1.2020 here

Gender Perspectives on Finland (5 ECTS) SPT-540

3.2.- 3.4.2020

Teacher: Eira Juntti

Course Description: This course looks at Finland through a gender lens. The idea is to show how analyzing Finnish history, culture, and society from a gender perspective can help us better understand the development of Finland first to a nation state and then to a Nordic welfare state in the 20th century. Today, Finland is known as one of the leaders in gender equality, however, there are a number of paradoxes in the Finnish situation, namely there are trends which seem not to fit this image (e.g. high degree of gender segregation in the labor market, gender wage gap, high degree of violent crimes compared to other European countries). Analyzing the history and current situation through a gender lens can help put those trends in perspective, and provide more nuanced analysis of social and cultural change, and of how gender is an important aspect of almost every facet of society.

Course Requirements: Reading the course material and participating in web discussions weekly. Students will post short reflections on the course material in Moodle every week, and discuss the topics in small groups. In the end of the course, students will write a personal learning diary based on their weekly reflections.

Target group/Prerequisites: The course is primarily meant for second or third year 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). It is desirable to have completed the introductory courses in the social sciences or history, or an introductory gender studies course.

Course can be used as an optional/elective course in various study programs. Students are responsible for finding out from their own study program what course requirements does this course correspond to.

Maximus amount of students 24

Applications 5.12.1019 – 9.1.2020 here

Hilma-network organized three courses in English in Autumn 2019:

Introduction to Gender Studies
Grassroots – Theorizing activism
Fashion and Gender


Introduction to Gender Studies (5 ECTS)
23.9 – 15.11.2019
Teacher: Ph.D Eira Juntti, University of Jyväskylä

The webcourse “Introduction to Gender Studies” gives basic introductory knowledge about gender studies. The course begins with an introduction to the concept of gender and gender studies and continues with the following topics: bodies & sexuality, social construction of gender, feminist theory, masculinities, family, gender & work, and gender & politics.
Each week the students will read a text/texts and/or other material available in the internet and discuss them in small groups in the Moodle learning environment.
The course is meant for exchange students and everyone interested in gender studies. Previous studies in gender studies are not required.

The course will be offered from 23.09 to 15.11.2019 Each week the students will read text and/or other material available in the internet and discuss them in small groups in the Moodle learning environment. Application to the course, 22.5 – 11.9.2019, here. There can be max 35 students in the course.

Grassroots-Theorizing activism (5 op)
07.10- 29.11.2019
Teachers: Albina Gakuru, Be Nordling, Freja Högback, Åbo Akademi

The course explores connections between social change, empowerment and theory. What is grassroots? The course aspires to develop the students’ understanding of concepts central to feminist and post-colonial theory within the context of different movements for social change and peace. Examples include grassroots women’s activism in sub-Saharan Africa, feminist and queer self-defense groups as well as anti-consumerist and eco- and animal-friendly activism in Europe and the US. During the course students will question and discuss different kinds of social movements. Students will also engage in discussions on peace and conflict related to intersections of gender and race.

The students will be expected to read the course material and actively take part in online discussions in small groups. There will be video lectures and a field work in which the students will do an analysis and discussion of a chosen area alternatively a comparison of two groups or organizations. Participation throughout the course is obligatory. The course will be made in weekly cycles and is foremost for students on a basic level in gender studies. After the completed course the student should be able to: 1) recognize different forms of activism 2) express own critical thoughts on activism and 3) make an intersectional analysis. Applications 22.5.- 20.9.2019, here.

Fashion and Gender(5 op)
Teacher: Annamari Vänskä; University of Helsinki & Aalto-University

The course will familiarize students with fashion as gendered and embodied phenomenon and how gender and other related identity categories are inscribed in and communicated through clothing. Students will learn about gender as culturally constructed and historically changing phenomenon and fashion as ‘technology of gender’. Students will discuss on-line pre-assigned texts, analyze visual materials and explore ways of challenging gender normativity. Themes include fashion and gender; queer fashion; fashion and age; fashion and ethnicity; fashion and racism; fashion and size; fashion and the digital self. Applications 22.5.- 20.9.2019,here.