Gender and Sexuality in a Global Context

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

In spring 2024 the theme for KVIK206 Gender and Sexuality in a Global Context will be "Masculinity in Contemporary Literature and Music". You can read more about the theme on this webpage: Masculinity in Contemporary Literature and Music (KVIK206) | Centre for Women's and Gender Research | UiB

The course aims to give in-depth, critical knowledge of a problematic, tradition or body of work within interdisciplinary gender studies as a transnational field. The module offers a contextualised, theoretically informed approach to reading critical theory, while also developing close reading skills through attention to the form and language of the selected texts. Students are encouraged to read widely to develop their awareness of historical and contemporary political, aesthetic, theoretical and cultural debates in a global context, and may expect to cover a wide range of texts from gender studies, queer and feminist theories, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, history and philosophy.

The aims and objectives of the course are:

- To critically examine a diverse range of material with the attention to the tradition out of which they have emerged and from which they may diverge.

- To explore the socio-political and theoretical formation of gender, sexuality, otherness and difference in a global context.

- To improve on critical thinking skills by engaging with key contemporary theorists, whose focus may include gender, sexuality, class, disability, race and nation, and by gaining a better understanding of the histories that inform the present moment of globalization.

- To develop skills that are transferable to other modules and essential to future employability, including: teamworking, argumentation, time-management, presentation and project management

Learning Outcomes


The candidate...

  • has knowledge and understanding of the historical, political and cultural contexts of a specific field of research, tradition or body of work within interdisciplinary gender studies in a global context;
  • is able to demonstrate an understanding of key concepts, issues and conceptual framework to the study of gender and sexuality in a global context.


The candidate...

  • can apply key concepts, issues and conceptual frameworks within gender studies to other theoretical and cultural contexts and analyze them in a global context;
  • can demonstrate a capacity to collate, synthesise andevaluate critical and theoretical resources, and is able to apply critical reading skills to this material

General competence:

The candidate...

  • has developed and consolidated an ability to work in collaboration with others and to communicate clearly, coherently and effectively in group situations;
  • is able to produce written pieces of work that follow stipulated criteria and that are fluent and critically engaging;
  • has developed confidence in public speaking and in presenting to peers, and nurtured an ability to assess one's own needs

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge of gender studies (i.e. KVIK100, KVIK101, KVIK102 or the equivalent).

Students should have good working knowledge of English.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Teaching and learning methods

The course is taught via a combination of lectures and seminars, normally 3-4 hours over 12 weeks.

If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department's guidelines regarding this on My UiB. For courses where this is a possibility the students will get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline for semester registration 1.February/1.September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
7-day take-home exam. 3-4000 words excluding references.
Grading Scale
The grading scale is A-F.
Assessment Semester
The course will be taught the spring semester 2020.
Reading List
The curriculum comprises around 1000 pages. The readings will be revised every year depending on the specific focus of the course.
Course Evaluation
Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Program Board for Gender Studies is responsible for the course
Course Coordinator
Centre for Women's and Gender Research
Course Administrator
Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKOK) is administratively responsible for the course.