Syllabus for Intersectionality
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 2SC038
- Education cycle: Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
- Established: 2007-01-24
- Established by:
- Revised: 2019-12-04
- Revised by: The Department Board
- Applies from: Autumn 2020
A Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in social sciences.
- Responsible department: Department of Sociology
Decisions and guidelines
The course is given both as a programme course and as a standalone course. The course may be given in English.
The aim of the course is for the student to develop an advanced ability to formulate and analyse social problems from an intersectional perspective, and to critically reflect on the importance of such a perspective for sociological theory and methods and for an understanding of societal issues.
Upon completing the course, students should be able to show:
- an advanced knowledge of the development of theorising about intersectionality and of current theoretical discussions of the concept
- that they can independently formulate and critically analyse social problems based on theorising and methodological approaches regarding intersectionality
- that they can reflect critically on what the interplay between power structures based on multiple categorisations implies for theorising and methodological development in research in concerned fields
- that they can relate theorising about intersectionality to other traditions in sociological theory
- that they can communicate independently and with critical reflection, in speech and in writing, what an intersectional analysis involves and how it can be carried out.
The course covers the development of theorising and current theoretical discussions of the concept of intersectionality and its use in understanding the interplay between power structures built on categorisations based on such concepts as sex/gender, class, disability, age, ethnicity and sexuality. Furthermore, the course covers the implications of an intersectional perspective for theorising and methodological development in research in these various fields. Emphasis is given both to the relationship with theorising about each particular categorisation and the relationship with general sociological theorising. Different methodological perspectives for intersectional analysis are treated. Theoretical and methodological problems in intersectional perspectives are highlighted based on empirical studies and current international scientific articles.
The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and a take-home exam. Participation in seminars is always compulsory. Absence from compulsory components can only partially be compensated by written assignments. If the requirements of attendance are not met the student is referred to the next occasion the course is offered.
The course is assessed through a take-home exam, written assignments and active participation in seminars. Assignments that are submitted after the deadline cannot be approved. Students who miss a deadline are referred to the next examination opportunity. If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. Special reasons can include notification of special educational support from the university disability coordinator.
- Latest syllabus (applies from Autumn 2020)
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- Previous syllabus (applies from Spring 2012)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2008)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2007)
A revised version of the reading list is available.
Applies from: Autumn 2020
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Transnational Mobilities, Migration Research and Intersection-ality Towards a translocational frame
Part of:Nordic Journal of Migration Research
"Versita",vol. 2 (2012) nr. 2 s. 102-110
Authenticating queer space: Citizenship, urbanism and governance
Part of:Urban studies.
Deconstructing Symbolic Identities and Building on Eco-ability: Expanding the Domain of Environmental Justice, in The Intersectionality of Critical Animal, Disability, and Environmental Studies Toward Eco-ability, Justice, and Liberation (Nocella, Amber & Schatz)
Lexington: Lanham, 2017
Once youve blended the cake, you cant take the parts back to the main ingredients: Black gay and bisexual mens descriptions and experiences of intersectionality
Part of:Sex roles : a journal of research
New York: Plenum Press, 1975-vol. 68 (2013) nr. 11-12 s. 754-767
Practicing intersectionality in sociological research: a critical analysis of inclusions and institutions in the study of inequalities
Part of:Sociological theory
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1983-vol. 28 (2010) nr. 2 s. 129149
Collins, Patricia Hill
Intersectionalitys Definitional Dilemmas
Part of:Annual review of sociology.
Resisting feminised precarity : farm workers in post-strike Western Cape, South Africa
Stockholm: Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Stockholm University, 
The right to the gendered city: Different formations of belonging in everyday life
Part of:Journal of gender studies [Elektronisk resurs]
London : Taylor & Francis: 1999-vol. 14 (2005) nr. 3 s. 217-231
Intersectionality, Socialist Feminism and Contemporary Activism: Musings by a Second-Wave Socialist Feminist
Part of:Gender & history
The Activist Roots of Intersectionality
Part of:Intersectionality : an intellectual history
New York: Oxford University Press, 2016(2016) s. 37-72
Gender, sexuality and heterosexuality: The complexity (and limits) of heteronormativity
Part of:Feminist theory.
God, Gays, and Progressive Politics: Reconceptualizing Intersectionality as a Normatively Malleable Analytical Framework
Part of:Perspectives on politics
The complexity of intersectionality
Part of:Signs : journal of women in culture and society
Chicago, Ill.: Chicago U. P., 1975-vol. 30 (2005) s. 1771 1800
No Longer in a Future Heaven: Women and Nationalism in South Africa
Danderyd: Funsport Media, 2002-2015vol. 51 (1991) s. 104123
The world some have won: Sexuality, class and inequality
Part of:Sexualities : studies in culture and society
London: Sage, 1998-vol. 14 (2011) nr. 1 s. 63-78
Intersectionality and sexuality: The case of sexuality and transgender equalities work in UK local government
Part of:Theorizing intersectionality and sexuality [Elektronisk resurs]
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010(2010) s. 99-118
Talking about fear of violence in public space: female and male narratives about threatening situations in Umeå, Sweden
Part of:Social & cultural geography.
Basingstoke, Hants: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2000-vol. 11 (2010) nr. 1 s. 1-15
Theorizing and researching intersectionality: A challenge for feminist geography
Part of:Professional geographer : [Elektronisk resurs]
Oxford: Blackwell, 1997-vol. 59 (2007) nr. 1 s. 10-21
Bringing nations in: Some methodological and conceptual issues in connecting feminisms with nationhood and nationalisms
Part of:International feminist journal of politics
Intersectionality as multi-level analysis: Dealing with social inequality
Part of:The European journal of women's studies [Elektronisk resurs]
London: Sage, 1999-vol. 18 (2011) nr. 1 s. 51-66
Intersectionality, citizenship and contemporary politics of belonging
Part of:Critical review of international social and political philosophy [Elektronisk resurs]
London: Frank Cass, c1998-vol. 10 (2007) nr. 4 s. 561-574
Truly a Women of Color Organization Negotiating Sameness and Difference in Pursuit of Intersectionality
Part of:Gender & society.
The queer afterlife of the postcolonial city: (Trans) gender performance and the war of beautification
Part of:Antipode [Elektronisk resurs] : a radical journal of geography
Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1997-vol. 47 (2015) nr. 3 s. 580-597
Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity, and Violence Against Women of Color
Part of:Stanford law review.
[Stanford, Calif.: School of Law, Stanford University,vol. 43 (1991) nr. 6 s. 12411300
Kim-Puri, H. J.
Conceptualizing gender-sexuality-state-nation: An introduction
Part of:Gender & society.
Race, class, gender, reclaiming baggage in fast traveling theories
Part of:European Journal of English Studies [Elektronisk resurs]
2009-2012vol. 12 (2005) nr. 3 s. 249265
Martinez Dy, Angela;
Developing a Critical Realist Positional Approach to Intersectionality
Part of:Journal of critical realism [Elektronisk resurs]
London: Equinox, 2002-vol. 13 (2015) nr. 5 s. 447-466
Young lesbians negotiating public space: an intersectional approach through places
Part of:Children's geographies
Navigating embodied lesbian cultural space: Toward a lesbian habitus
Part of:Space and culture.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 2002-vol. 10 (2007) nr. 2 s. 231-252
U.S. third world feminism: The theory and method of oppositional consciousness in the postmodern world
Part of:Genders [Elektronisk resurs]
Boulder, Colo.: Genders, c1998-vol. 10 (1991) s. 124
Intersectionality: Multiple Inequalities in Social Theory
Reading list revisions
- Latest reading list (applies from Autumn 2021)
- Previous reading list (applies from Autumn 2020, version 2)
- Previous reading list (applies from Autumn 2020, version 1)