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The course provides an introduction to social psychological study of gender. It allows for gaining an understanding of how gendered differences and power relations are reproduced and resisted at the intersections of the social and individual, differences and similarities, and particularities and continuities. The course provides insights into processes such as identifications, discursive and material practices, and affective attachments whereby societal, cultural and interpersonal gendered meanings and practices become embodied, habitualized, internalized, and rehearsed.

The course is aimed at Master’s students in Social Psychology and the Department of Social Research, as well as students in Master’s Programme in Contemporary Societies (COS) and Magisterprogrammet i Samhällsvetenskaper (MSV).

After completing the course students are familiar with various social psychological approaches to the study of gender, and will be able to describe the theoretical and methodological principles and key concepts of these approaches. The students will familiarize themselves with empirical examples that draw on these approaches, and will gain an understanding of their application in empirical research. The students will get practice in formulating research questions based on these approaches, and by the end of the course will understand core differences between them, and be able to critically evaluate research on gender based on different theoretical foundations.

12.12.2019 at 09:00 - 12.1.2020 at 23:59
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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Wed 15.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 22.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 29.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 5.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 12.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 19.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 26.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45


Suggested literature:

Hollander, J.A., Renfrow, D.G., & Howard, J.A. (Eds.) (2011). Gendered Situations, Gendered Selves: A Gender Lens on Social psychology (2nd. edition). Roman & Littlefield Publishers.

Marecek, J., Dess, N.K., & and Bell, L. C. (Eds.) (2018): Gender, Sex, and Sexualities: Psychological Perspectives. Oxford University Press.

Gough, B. (Ed.) (2017). Palgrave Handbook of Critical Social Psychology (chapters written by Riley & Evans, Bowleg, and Magnusson & Marecek). Palgrave-Macmillan.

Conduct of the course

The course consists of seven face-to-face meetings, readings and group work based on them, short lectures, student presentations and an essay based on the topics covered in the course.

Grading: General grading scale 0-5


The course is intended primarily for major subject students of social psychology.

The course either deepens students’ understanding of a central research and application field in social psychology or provides them with career skills essential to social psychologists. Depending on the content, the focus is either on theoretical or practical skills.

Central knowledge content and skills

To be announced during the course

Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = Fail, 1 = Passable, 2 = Satisfactory, 3 = Good, 4 = Very Good, 5 = Excellent)

Activities vary by course content.