Ethnographic perspectives on queerness, gender and sexuality
This course will introduce and challenge the ways in which we interpret contemporary gender, sexuality and heteronormativity through ethnographic case studies. While many modern Western societies debate openly the concepts of gender, sexuality, and LGBTQIA, a range of non-Western anthropological studies from around the world demonstrate the knowledge and concepts that reshape the notion of queerness and gender fluidity in global societies. With a comparative outlook towards Western societies, we will explore and discuss the change of gender roles in the 21st century, transgenderism and vulnerabilities, post-colonial queer cultures and discrimination, masculinity and femininity, power of beauty and aesthetics, and other critical topics such as LGBTQ sex work, non-conformity and transgender inmates in prisons, as well as their connection to gender identity formation in contemporary society.
NB: This course is identical to AANA18115U The Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality and thus not open to students who attended that course in autumn semester 2020.
From fall 2023 the course is also offered to students at the
- Bachelor and Master Programmes in Psychology
- Bachelor and Master Programmes in Sociology
- Master Programme in Social Data Science
- Master Programme in Political Science
Enrolled students register the course through the Selfservice. Please contact the study administration at each programme for questions regarding registration.
The course is open to:
- Exchange and Guest students from abroad
- Credit students from Danish Universities
- Empirically challenge traditional understandings of gender and sexuality in different scholarly and non-scholarly perspectives.
- Ability to examine the intersectionality of gender, sexuality, culture, race, ethnicity, or class, and explore how they influence individuals’ identities.
- Comprehend gender and sexuality through an anthropological lens.
- Understand contemporary global gender issues and social movements through empirical studies.
- Engage anthropological methodologies from critical gender and sexuality studies to analyze the assumption and impact of gender binaries and heterosexual norms which construct societies, cultures and beliefs.
- Critically analyze contemporary global social trends on gender and sexuality through anthropological contexts
Lectures, peer-group exercises and presentations
Please see online schedule for room numbers and further information
BSc students and MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature
The teacher will publish 200-300 pages of supplementary literature.
Course literature will be available through Absalon.
The students will receive oral feedback during the course and to their short writing assignment. The tutor will provide written feedback on the final essay. During peer-group exercises and presentations, students will also receive peer-group feedbacks.
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
- Full-degree students – sign up at Selfservice on KUnet
- Exchange and guest students from abroad – sign up through Mobility Online and Selfservice
- Credit students from Danish universities - sign up through this website.
The dates for the exams are found here Exams – Faculty of Social Sciences - University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
Please note that it is your own responsibility to check for overlapping exam dates.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Type of assessment details
- Length: Portfolio exam can be written individually or in groups of max. 4 students. Portfolio exams consist of 2-7 submissions. For MA students, there is a submission more than for BA students, i.e. if the BA student has to submit five submissions, the MA students must submit six submissions. The number of submissions is set by the lecturer. The total length of all of the submissions must be max. 30,000 keystrokes for one BA student and max. 37,500 keystrokes for one MA student. For groups of two students, max. 40,000 keystrokes BA students and max. 47,500 for MA students. For groups of three students, max. 45,000 keystrokes for BA students and max. 52,500 for MA students. For groups of four students, max. 50,000 keystrokes for BA students and 57,500 for MA students. In the case of group assignments, the contribution of each individual student must be clearly marked in the assignment. For groups with both BA and MA students, the same number of submissions is required as for MA students. The assignments are assessed jointly with a single grade.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
See learning outcome
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
Bachelor choiceFull Degree Master choice
- Department of Anthropology, Study Council
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Political Science
- Social Data Science
- Department of Sociology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Atreyee Sen (11-437674677b676730556770426370766a7471306d7730666d)
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