Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
The course will be taught the spring semester 2018.
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course subject of the spring 2018 is " Configurations of gender and sexuality in contemporary world literature. ". For more information, see the reading list.
The course aims to give in-depth, critical knowledge of a problematic, tradition or body of work within interdisciplinary gender studies as a transnational field. The module offers a
contextualised, theoretically informed approach to reading critical theory, while also developing close reading skills through attention to the form and language of the selected texts. Students are encouraged to read widely to develop their awareness of historical and contemporary political, aesthetic, theoretical and cultural debates in a global context, and may expect to cover a
wide range of texts from gender studies, queer and feminist theories, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, history and philosophy.
The aims and objectives of the course are
¿ To critically examine a diverse range of material with the attention to the tradition out of which they have emerged and from which they may diverge.
¿ To explore the socio-political and theoretical formation of gender, sexuality, otherness and difference in a global context.
¿ To improve on critical thinking skills by engaging with key contemporary theorists, whose focus may include gender, sexuality, class, disability, race and nation, and by gaining a better understanding of the histories that inform the present moment of globalization.
¿ To develop skills that are transferable to other modules and essential to future employability, including: teamworking, argumentation, time-management, presentation and project management
has knowledge and understanding of the historical, political and cultural contexts of a specific field of research, tradition or body of work within interdisciplinary gender studies in a global context;
is able to demonstrate an understanding of key concepts, issues and conceptual framework to the study of gender and sexuality in a global context.
can apply key concepts, issues and conceptual frameworks within gender studies to other theoretical and cultural contexts and analyze them in a global context;
can demonstrate a capacity to collate, synthesise andevaluate critical and theoretical resources, and is able to apply critical reading skills to this material
has developed and consolidated an ability to work in collaboration with others and to communicate clearly, coherently and effectively in group situations;
is able to produce written pieces of work that follow stipulated criteria and that are fluent and critically engaging;
has developed confidence in public speaking and in presenting to peers, and nurtured an ability to assess one¿s own needs
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Students should have good working knowledge of English.
Access to the Course
The course is open to all students with admission to the University of Bergen.
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
The course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, individual and group tutorials, for 1x3 hours over 12-14 weeks.
If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department's guidelines regarding this on My UiB. For courses where this is a possibility the students will get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline for semester registration 1.February/1.September.
Forms of Assessment
Portfolio assessment. The portfolio must include two assignments of 2500-3000 words each.
One assignment must be written over a freely chosen topic and the other over an assigned topic. The two assignments will each count 50 % on the final grade.
The grading scale is A-F.
The course will be taught the spring semester 2017.
The curriculum comprises around 1000 pages. The readings will be revised every year depending on the specific focus of the course.
Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.
Administrative contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Type of assessment: Portfolio assessment
- Submission deadline
- 23.05.2018, 13:00
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam