Syllabus for Gendered Bodies: Theories and Challenges

Gendered Bodies: Theories and Challenges

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5GN022
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Gender Research A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2008-04-01
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Revised: 2018-08-23
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Applies from: week 02, 2019
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Responsible department: Centre for Gender Research

Decisions and guidelines

The Centre for Gender Research is responsible for the course. The course is part of the two-year Master programme given by Centre for Gender Research.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course students will:

  • Have acquired advanced insight into different feminist theoretical perspectives on the body.
  • Have gained a deeper level of understanding regarding the constitution of bodies, their boundaries, and possibilities in relation to their spatio-temporal context.
  • Be able to trace historical conceptualisations of bodies and to recognise social, cultural, and political dimensions of how bodily limits of normality and abnormality have been constituted.
  • Enhance their capacity to critical thinking, problem identification and solving, as well as developing their communication skills, research and knowledge positioning, and concern for quality.


The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the vast field of theory of the body within gender and feminist research. Looking at various different ways in which the body and embodiment are approached and conceptualised, we will discuss issues concerning both the stability and the fluidity of bodies, focusing on the force of the sexually marked body for the stabilisation of conventional gender identities as well as the body as a subversive force and the carrier of changing temporal and spatial inscriptions.


The course is concentrated around seminars.


Examination includes oral presentations and a written paper on a theme of the course and compulsory attendance and participation in the seminars. All essays will undergo a plagiarism check. 

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.