Courses in English

Hilma-network organizes 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; University of Turku & 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.