Gender, ethnicity and post-colonialism

Course content

The purpose of this course is to delve in greater depth into concepts such as gender, ethnicity/race, belonging, citizenship and others.  We examine how classical and newer theories engage with these topics, and help us to understand the experiences of groups who are Othered, or may become discriminated against and marginalised through various processes.  We begin to explore how globalisation, as well as more specifically migration shape stratification and differentiation structures.


The course integrates theoretical readings with ones that also draw on empirical materials to extend theory.


Compulsory course on the 2nd semester BSc in sociology


Please note:

This course is not open to credit- and Exchange students

Learning outcome


At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Identify a number of theorists, schools of thought and concepts that tackle questions of gender, ethnicity, colonialism and marginalisation.
  • Consider which of these to apply to a particular societal problem – and what the implications are of this on how to empirically study it.
  • Be able to build bridges between theory that specifically seeks to tackle these questions, and broader sociological theory, which is often also concerned with similar questions.



More specifically, the student will be able to:

  • Both skim and read in-depth different types of sociological texts, identifying the central arguments (both in theoretical and more empirically descriptive texts).
  • Evaluate how different theories make sense of similar issues, and how their genesis and current application shape the contributions they make to scholarship.
  • Be able to search for relevant other materials to supplement their examination of an issue related to the course focus.



At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Select and discuss how different theories and concepts understand issues around gender, ethnicity and marginalisation.
  • Suggest ways issues are connected and why in some scholarship particular elements are fore-fronted.
  • Elaborate how different theoretical approaches inform the empirical study on the issue.

Lectures, small group discussions, student presentations.

Still to be completed.
Will be announced in Absalon.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

Students will actively comment on other students’ presentations and inputs, as well as nominating two student representatives to work with the course leader to ensure all students can feedback on how well the course is being facilitated to meet their learning needs.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, -
Type of assessment details
Individual/group (max 4 students).
A written take-home essay is defined as an assignment that addresses one or more questions. The exam is based on the course syllabus, i.e. the literature set by the teacher. The written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student.
Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see the learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 144
  • Exam Preparation
  • 20
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level

1 semester

See Timetable
Vejl. 120 personer
Department of Sociology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Sociology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Claire Maxwell   (2-717b4e817d713c79833c7279)

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Saved on the 15-05-2023

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