Syllabus for Gendered Bodies: Theories and Challenges

Gendered Bodies: Theories and Challenges

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

  • 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: 2018-03-02
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Applies from: week 01, 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

Responsible for the course is Centre for Gender Research. 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. Students will have gained a deeper level of understanding regarding the constitution of bodies, their boundaries, and possibilities in relation to their spatio-temporal context.
Students will 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. Further, students will enhance their capacity to critical thinking, problem identification an 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 forms include an active participation in the seminars and writing a paper based on the theme of the course.

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.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

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