Courses in English

These courses are in English Spring 2023:

Managing Diversity and Inclusion (5 op); 27.2.-19.4.2023
Saija Katila (co-operation with Aalto University)
Level: Advanced/Master

Course description and learning outcomes: the course provides an overview of managing diversity (DM) and inclusion in organizations and labour market in general. The course discusses how DM and inclusion can be promoted and what kind of tools and practices organizations have in their use. The course critically assesses the benefits and pitfalls of diversity management and inclusion efforts of organizations by interrogating how cultural assumptions concerning gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality etc., are reproduced in organizations in the level of interaction, practices and culture. Throughout the course possibilities for change are explored by considering forms of interventions for changing exclusionary practices in organizations.

Learning objectives
The student
• can recognize and argue for the importance of gender, diversity, and inclusion at work.
• understands the difference between conceptualizing ‘gender/diversity as a category’ and ‘gender/diversity as doing’ (= the way we assign and assume gendered/racialized/classed meanings in our activities).
• understands the difference between diversity management and inclusion in their current use and knows the benefits and pitfalls of diversity management and the basic tools used in DM practices.
• can analyze and critically evaluate how gender and diversity are done at the level of interaction, organizational practices, and society and how such doings can be read from visual and textual media.
• can reflect how one does gender and difference and how that may contribute to inequality and reproduction of privilege.
• can identify and develop interventions and practices that promote equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Working methods of the course: Interactive lectures face-to-face + pre-recordings

Assingments and assessment
1. Watching the online videos before class & Listening to and communicating respectfully with students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives (pass/fail)
2. Online assignments on course readings (30 % of course grade)
3. Group work presentation (10 % of course grade)
4. Group work report (20 % of course grade)
5. Exam (30 % of course grade), 1. Exam (no need to register) 2. Exam (Registration needed)
Kurssiin liittyvät lukemistot ja oppimateriaalit / Readings & other learning materials: Reading list

Essed, P., & Trienekens, S. (2008). ‘Who wants to feel white? ’Race, Dutch culture and contested identities. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 31(1), 52-72.
Geiger, K. A., & Jordan, C. (2014). The role of societal privilege in the definitions and practices of inclusion. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.
Mensi-Klarbach, H. & Hanappi-Egger, E. (2019) Organizational Analysis. In H. Mensi-Klarbach, & A. Risberg (Eds.), Diversity in Organizations: Concepts and Practices (2. ed., pp. 3-30). London: Red Globe Press
Meriläinen, S., Tienari, J. & Valtonen, A. (2015). Headhunters and the ’ideal’ executive body. Organization, 22:1, 3-22.
Meyerson, D. E., & Scully, M. A. (1995). Tempered radicalism and the politics of ambivalence and change. Organization Science, 6:5, 585-600.
Rennstam, J. & Sullivan, K.R. (2018). Peripheral Inclusion through Informal Silencing and Voice. Gender, Work and Organization 25:2, 177-194.
Robinson, G. & Dechant, K. (1997). Building a business case for diversity. Academy of Management Executive, 11:3, 21-31.
Romani, L., Holck, L., & Risberg, A. (2019). Benevolent discrimination: Explaining how human resources professionals can be blind to the harm of diversity initiatives. Organization, 26(3), 371-390.
Tienari, J. & Nentwich, J. (2012). The ‘Doing’ Perspective on Gender and Diversity. In Diversity in Organizations: Concepts and Practices. Eds. E. Hanappi-Egger, M.A. Danowitz & H. Mensi-Klarbach. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 109-136.

Mandatory lectures 7/10. Students must attend the first lecture to ensure their place in the course.Email and phone-number:

Apply here: 23.1 – 10.2.2023


Decolonial and Intersectional Feminism (5 ECTS); 14.3 – 27.4.2023
Zeinab Karimi, Fairuz Muthana and Johanna Hiitola (co-operation with University of Oulu)

Upon completion of the course, students will understand decolonial and BIPOC feminist scholarship including black feminism(s), womanism, Islamic feminism, SWANA (South West Asian and North African) feminist movements, African feminism(s), indigenous issues in feminist research and discussions about HLBTQI+ in postcolonial and BIPOC feminisms. The various views will be presented by several guest lecturers. Students will also learn to critically analyse Western feminism and reflect on normative whiteness as well as engage with antiracist pedagogies.

The course consists of lectures via zoom according to the following schedule. The course has a weekly readings requirement (2 articles – one for each theme) and the lectures will include small group discussions. A reflection paper will be submitted weekly and the weekly papers will be combined as the final assignment for the course.

2023 lectures are held starting 14th of March, on Tuesdays and Thursdays 16.15-17:45, via zoom (please note that attendance is required and the lectures will not be recorded)

14.3; 16.3; 21.3; 23.3; 28.3; 30.3; 11.4; 13.4; 18.4; 20.4; 25.4; 27.4

Guest lecturers include: Mulki Al-Sharmani, Javiera Marchant Aedo, Maryam Adjam, Faith Mkwesha, Anaïs Duong-Pedica, And Pasley, Homa Hoodfar and others.

For more information, please contact course coordinators: zeinab.karimi(at) and

Apply here, 6.2 – 24.2.2023. 


White Women, white feminism  (5 op) 
27.03. 2023 – 19.05.2023
Anaïs Duong-Pedica; MA, Åbo Akademi;

Course description: This course aims to highlight the role that white women and white feminism play in historical and contemporary forms of racism and colonialism. It will examine the intersections of gender, race and class among other axes of oppression and privilege. In gendering whiteness, the course seeks to shed light on the ways in which white women, as a social group, can be both oppressors and oppressed, especially in the way that they uphold systems of oppression that they benefit from due to their whiteness and westernness. During the course we explore some of the critiques of white feminism and feminists formulated by Black, women of colour, Third World, Indigenous, and postcolonial feminists and women.

Learning outcomes : The course is organized so that students are oriented towards: 1/ Familiarizing themselves with the concepts of whiteness, colonialism and race and how they intersect with gender and sexuality; 2/ Problematizing and challenging dominant forms of feminisms, notably by being able to identify and recognise the workings of white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy; 3/ Cultivating their critical thinking and writing skills; 4/ Practicing their critical reading and listening skills;  5/ Familiarizing themselves and centering women of colour, Black, Indigenous, postcolonial feminist voices, scholarship and politics.

Materials: The course consists of 11 online lectures as well as forum discussions (written discussions) – discussions take place in smaller groups and are then fed back to the larger group. The students can attend lectures in real time or listen later once they are posted online. Students are expected to read ahead of class and are given a set of questions to guide their reading. Assessment is based on the collective submission of a research plan (mid-course) and final project (end of course). Both can take the form of an essay, podcast, video or other as long as it contains a bibliography. Students will receive peer feedback as well as lecturer feedback.

Course level: Previous studies in Gender Studies are preferable; Postgraduate or end of BA
The course requires active weekly participation and engagement with material

Apply here: 20.2.- 17.3.2023.


Feminist methdologies- course

will also start in April 2023! By Johanna Hiitola; Piia Lavila and many others, both in Finnish and in English. This course can de done intependently in your own schedule.