Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB211
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
dr. K.B. Smiet
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dr. K.B. Smiet
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Contactperson for the course
dr. K.B. Smiet
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Academic year2020
PER3  (25/01/2021 to 04/04/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
During this course, you will:
  • become familiar with key feminist and queer theories on gender and sexuality;
  • learn how to recognize and analyze the relations between gender and sexuality and other axes of difference;
  • develop your critical reading skills and discussion of complex texts.
How are gender and sexuality shaped by power structures and social norms? How do we ‘do’ gender in politics, society, and our everyday lives? How have feminist and queer thinkers theorized the relation of gender and sexuality to race, class, and (post)coloniality? And what happens to gender and sexuality when a postcolonial lens is applied? 
In this course you learn about critical approaches to theorizing gender and sexuality. The course focuses on feminist and queer theories from the 1980s to the present. Taking an intersectional perspective, the course examines how gender and sexuality are constructed in relation to race/ethnicity, class and capitalism, and the legacies of colonialism.  

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

This course is part of a three course module in the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. Students can only be admitted if they also take the two associated courses during the same semester (retakes excluded). Students who are NOT enrolled in a bachelor, master, or exchange programme of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious studies cannot register directly for PPS modules. Instead, they can apply for admission by sending an e-mail to Such applications must contain a separate document in which you (1) inform us about your current studies, (2) explain which module you want to take and why it is relevant to your studies, and (3) describe what you bring to the classroom. The document must be written in English.
Instructional modes

Sustainability certificate

Written Exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4