Gender, identity, diversity: key concepts and debates
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ACWCC200-ACS
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Cultural Studies;
prof. dr. M.E.B. Derks
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. M.A.C. de Haardt
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. G.A. Mak
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. L. Plate
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. L. Plate
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
PER 1-PER 2  (01/09/2018 to 01/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksAccessible to exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of the course,
  • you have acquired a general knowledge of a diversity and plurality of perspectives on gender as a key category of identity;
  • you can identify the workings of gender in selected case studies and you can critically analyse these;
  • you are sensitive to cultural differences with respect to gender and you can articulate these differences;
  • you can write an academic paper, applying the concepts of gender and intersectionality to a case study productively.
In the wake of #MeToo and with debates about incels and other forms of toxic masculinity, gender-neutral toilets, migrants who supposedly do not know how to behave towards women, and motions to have Dutch passports no longer list gender, gender issues appear to be at the heart not only of private, but also social and political life. How can we use ‘gender’ as a critical lens to understand contemporary issues in society and why does this analysis need to be ‘intersectional’? How does gender intersect with other factors such as race/ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, etc.? What are the complex and symbolic meanings that attach to it? How do social and cultural institutions or practices maintain gender inequality and/or promote gender and diversity? This introductory interdisciplinary course aims to introduce you to key concepts in cultural gender studies. It does so through an assortment of debates, ranging from questions of media and representation, to issues of the body and sexuality, gender and religion, sports, and politics. Making explicit use of the international dimensions of the classroom, the course aims to foster intercultural discussion so as to enable you to develop your understanding of cultural differences with respect to gender while cultivating an informed perspective on the role of gender as a cultural construction in contemporary culture, maintained and sustained through representations and discourse. At the end of the course, you will write an academic paper demonstrating your comprehension of and ability to employ the concepts of gender and intersectionality in an insightful and productive way.
Assumed previous knowledge
Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Required materials
To be announced
To be announced
Articles/texts to read
will be made available at the beginning of the course

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

De docent geeft een hoorcollege van een uur, dan een pauze, dan interactie met de deelnemers via discussievragen en opdrachten.

Working group
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight100
Test typePortfolio
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3, Block PER 4

Minimum grade