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Course module: FRMV16207
Religion and Gender: Dis/closed Bodies: Gender and Sexuality as Markers of Religious Identity in Modernity
Course infoSchedule
Course codeFRMV16207
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Filosofie en Religiewetenschap AM;
Contact personprof. dr. A.J.A.C.M. Korte
Telephone+31 30 2539069
prof. dr. A.J.A.C.M. Korte
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. A.J.A.C.M. Korte
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Teaching period
3  (08/02/2021 to 09/04/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotC: C (MON-afternoon, TUE-aftern,THU-morn)
Study mode
RemarkIn case any English speaking students participate in this course, this course will be taught in English.
Enrolment periodfrom 25/01/2021 09:00 up to and including 26/01/2021 23:59
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
Course goals
The student:
  • Gains knowledge of a variety of critical perspectives on the study of religion and gender (feminist, post-secular, post-colonial  and queer  theory).
  • Is able to compare, apply and assess the significance of different disciplinary approaches and political-analytical perspectives by an analysis of current examples.
  • Conducts a case study independently, using the theoretical-conceptual frameworks studied in this course. This results in an academically sound paper.
This course addresses the question why it is that religion, gender and sexuality often seem to be in a tense relation to one another. Issues of gender and religion appeal to deeply rooted convictions and deeply felt emotions among religious and non-religious alike. Current debates on, for instance, the prohibition of the headscarf in the public sphere, the membership of women in the Reformed Political party (Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij, SGP) and the obligation of religious civil servants to marry gay and lesbian couples show that religion has not, as has been assumed, disappeared from the public arena. On the contrary, religion is very much present and often seems to present itself (or is represented) through the scope of gender and sexuality. Often, debates concerning religion, gender and sexuality are strongly related to struggles over identity. What does it mean to be religious, secular, male, female, straight, gay, liberal, conservative, Dutch, European, etc., and how are these identities and belongings negotiated in the public arena, within religious communities and in individual private lives? In order to answer these questions, this course explores the ways in which gender and sexuality are employed in the study of religion (with a focus on Judaism, Christianity and Islam), from a range of disciplines (with an emphasis on religious studies/theology and the sociology/anthropology of religion), and from a range of critical perspectives, such as feminist, post-colonial, queer and post-secular theory. Students will learn to apply these perspectives to specific issues, challenges, transformations, and questions concerning gender and religion in our contemporary world.

The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by International Office and the Programme co√∂rdinator. Therefore, you do not have to contact the Programme co√∂rdinator yourself.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Completed all course modules listed below
    • Mastercursussen Geesteswetenschappen (200501100)
Prerequisite knowledge
Familiarity with the field and working methods of at least two of the following disciplines: theology, religious studies, philosophy, gender studies.
Prerequisite knowledge can be obtained through
BA course Gender, Ethnicity and Cultural Critique; BA course Religion and the Body or equivalent course(s) in the field of theology, religious studies, philosophy or gender studies.
Required materials
reader with selected texts is available at the start of the course
Costs of materials:25.00
Instructional formats

General remarks
Lecture/seminar (8 weeks 1x 4 hours)
- 8 x 4 hour lecture: meetings of 4 hours per week with lectures and workshops - text reading based on assignments - oral and written presentations - group assignments - discussions

Class session preparation
Preparing meetings:
- individual study of texts based on assignments
- Individual log kept through Studion for reporting on the learning process
- preparing oral and written presentations
- commenting on participants' presentations

Contribution to group work
Contribution to group work:
- responding to fellow students' assignments (corrections, comments, processing) - preparing group assignments - organising and participating in discussions

Active participation
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1. logbook assignments: completeness, quality, independent reflection
2. text assignments: quality of text interpretation and processing
3. presentation and comments: substantive quality (result), presentation (design), execution of assignment (approach, elaboration, justification)
4. final paper: substantive quality (result), execution of assignment (approach, elaboration, justification, presentation)

Assignments and presentation during lectures, hand in the final paper within 1 week after the last lecture.

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