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Course module: MCRMV19001
Feminist and Queer Studies: Special Topics
Course infoSchedule
Course codeMCRMV19001
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Media- en Cultuurwetenschappen RMA;
Contact persondr. D. Olivieri
dr. D. Olivieri
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Contactperson for the course
dr. D. Olivieri
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Teaching period
2  (09/11/2020 to 29/01/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotC: C (MON-afternoon, TUE-aftern,THU-morn)
Study mode
RemarkOpen to students in the RMA GS, CLS, MAP, RS and GEMMA MA. Other students should contact the course coordinator.
Enrolment periodfrom 26/10/2020 09:00 up to and including 27/10/2020 23:59
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
Course goals
After completion of this course, the student:
A) has gained thorough knowledge of the overarching questions and debates in a specialized subfield of Gender Studies;
B) has been familarised with existing scholarship on a specialized topic from a feminist, queer, critical race, and/or postcolonial perspective;
C) will be able to apply theories and concepts to concrete case studies for further analysis;
D) will be able to present the acquired knowledge in an academically sufficient manner in both written and oral form.
Given the dynamic development of Gender Studies, interventions in the field have been wide-ranging and diverse. This special-topics course offers students the opportunity to delve deeply into some of the more recent directions and orientations that the field has taken by closely focusing in on a specialized subfield or topic. Possible topics for the course include (but are not limited to) queer theory, transgender studies, critical disability studies, feminist techno-science studies, masculinity studies,visual and media studies, critical border and migration studies and digital media. While the specific theme and format of the seminar will vary each year depending on the expertise of the instructor, the course will consistently engage with contemporary critical questions, ideas, and practices at the forefront of scholarly research and creative inquiry in the fields of gender and postcolonial studies and in the specific subfield under study. The course will be taught from a transdisciplinary perspective and will be informed by feminist, queer, critical race, and/or postcolonial theoretical approaches. Students will be familiarized with cutting-edge scholarship and will become well versed in the debates at the center of the course’s specialized theme. Students will strengthen their critical thinking skills through research, writing, and/or oral presentations.

This elective course is available to both 1st- and 2nd-year RMA students.
This course is for students in the RMA Gender Studies and GEMMA; students from Musicology, Religious Studies, CLS and MAPS should check with the course coordinator before enrolling. The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by International Office and the Programme coordinator. You do not have to contact the Programme coordinator by yourself.
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Completed all course modules listed below
    • Mastercursussen Geesteswetenschappen (200501100)
Required materials
To be decided by teacher
To be announced in the course syllabus
Instructional formats

General remarks
The course seminars are set up either as a combination of lectures and discussion, or as a close reading seminar, in which the reading of primary texts and their discussion in class are the main focus. A session always consists of active student engagements (e.g. presentations, discussion leading), and ample time for class discussion.

Class session preparation
Students are required to attend each session and to come well prepared by completing all assigned readings. It is also important to come to class with thoughts and questions about the material, as the majority of each session is spent delving more deeply into the texts.

Contribution to group work
Students are required to participate in an engaged way with the chosen course assignments. These can change on a yearly basis, depending on the instructor of the class, but they will comprise assignments such as oral small group presentations, brief statements or reading notes to open each class session, individual contributions to a class blog or a creative writing assignment.

Active participation
Test weight30
Minimum grade-

Test weight70
Minimum grade5.5

Academic performance in oral and written form on Research Masters level.

To be announced in the course syllabus.

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