Courses in English

Hilma-network organizes two courses in English in Autumn 2020

Introduction to Gender Studies (5 ECTS) SPT-550

28.09.2020 – 20.11.2020
Teacher: Eira Juntti

Course Description: 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 1–2 texts or study other materials available in the internet and discuss them in small groups in the Moodle learning environment.

Course Requirements: The course requires active weekly participation. 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 80% of the final grade. Final essay that counts for 20%. In addition, students are required to post a self-introduction in the beginning of the course, and write a self-evaluation & complete a course evaluation in the end of the course.

Course Materials: The primary textbook for the course is Mary Holmes, Gender and Everyday Life (London & New York: Routledge, 2009). In addition, we will use a selection of reading materials. All materials will be 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.

Applications: Application to the course happens through this link 24.8 – 15.09.2020. There can be max 35 students in the course.


Grassroots-Theorizing activism (5 ETCS) SPT-540

12.10- 4.12.2019
Teachers: Albina Gakuru, Be Nordling, Freja Högback

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.

Apply to course here; 7.-25.9.2020