Subject description for 2022/2023

Analyzing (in)equalities – Gender, class and ethnic relation

SAM5019

With an interdisciplinary perspective in this elective course, we analyse gender, class and ethnicities/race both as power relations that generate inequalities and identity markers as embodiment and manifestation of these inequalities in people’s daily lives.

Course description

Gender, class and ethnicity/race are central categories in social science for exploring, understanding and analysing (in)equalities. Questions regarding these categories touches upon several ongoing debates in Norway, as well as internationally, which are related to national states, migration, integration, and indigenous rights. This subject introduces the concept of intersectionality, and different analytical approaches of doing intersectional analysis to enquire into the complex phenomena related to inequalities. In addition to addressing how social inequalities are often shaped and coproduced by several intersecting sets of power relations, we also discuss whether and how certain inequalities can disappear and become invisible in and between the categories. With an interdisciplinary perspective, we analyse gender, class and ethnicities/race both as power relations that generate inequalities and identity markers as embodiment and manifestation of these inequalities in people’s daily lives.

This subject combines classic sociological theories and some of the perspectives from feminist, post-colonial and decolonial theories, including the newest empirical insights from migration studies, indigenous studies and critical whiteness studies queer/LGBTQ+ studies. Central questions in the course are: Why are gender, ethnicity and class highly politicized fields of research, and how can we as social scientists apply these categories in analysing social (in)equalities? Is gender and ethnicity something we have, something we are, or something we do? Why do people often forget men when discussing gender and gender equality? Is sex, gender and sexuality a result of biology or socially constructed? Are ethnicity and race different or related categories? Why race is often ‘silenced’ in the Norwegian and Nordic contexts? Is it always «the others» who have race and ethnicity? How do Indigenous people, national minorities and immigrants’ fights for justice and recognition challenge the nation state? How do gender, ethnicity and class intersect in (re)producing inequalities and hierarchies? What about those who do not fit into the neat categories? Why is class so under-communicated despite the increasing inequalities? Equality is a central foundation for the welfare state, but does this render class as taken for granted?

Admission

Single course students must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Bachelor degree of 3 years' duration (180 ECTS).
  • The applicant must have passed exams of at least 80 ECTS credits in social sciences. The grade requirement is C on a weighted average.

Prerequisites

For entry into the course, student must qualify for the "Master in Social Analysis" and meet the following entry requirements:

  • Bachelor degree of 3 years' duration (180 ECTS).
  • The applicant must have passed exams of at least 80 ECTS credits in social sciences. The grade requirement is C on a weighted average.

Costs

In addition to the semester fee and costs for purchasing course literature, the students are expected to have a laptop.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge

The student:

• has advanced knowledge of different theoretical perspectives on gender, class and ethnicities/race.

• has critical insights into the social structures and processes that are related to equality and integration problematics.

• has extensive knowledge about both the historic and the current theoretical, methodological and empirical debates regarding the questions of gender, ethnicity/race and class.

• Has deep insight on how categories are both (re)created, challenged and maintained over time.

Skills

The student can:

• present theoretical perspectives both orally and in written form.

• address how existing theoretical and empirical knowledge on gender, ethnicity and class can help to generate new insights on different forms of social inequalities and the related social processes.

• place the different perspectives in relation to the historic and scientific developments in the related knowledge fields.

• communicate the relevance of the introduced perspectives on gender, ethnicity/race and class, and critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of these perspectives in analysing inequalities, in different forms, at different levels.

Competence

The student:

• has the foundation for understanding and addressing perspectives and issues regarding (in)equalities, power relations and diversities.

• can present and reflect on the topics related to gender, class, ethnicity/race in an academic manner.

• can contribute to the political and academic discussions related to the introduced topics in this subject.

• can contribute to social innovations in the related practice fields.

Course type

Theoretical subject. Elective subject for students enrolled in Master in Social Analysis (part time).

Teaching activities and methods

The teaching takes place primarily on the Bodø campus, but can be combined with some digital teaching. The learning activities will mainly be lectures, seminars and group work. Group work with presentation is mandatory (see work requirements below).

Recommended prior knowledge

Some knowledge of sociological theories about social inequalities, or theoretical perspectives from feminist or postcolonial studies is an advantage, but not a requirement.

Course evaluation

The study program is evaluated annually by the students through course evaluations and study program evaluation. These evaluations are included as part of the university's quality assurance system.

Exam description

- Required course work:

Group work (each group consists of 4-5 students) with a compulsory presentation in front of the whole class. Each group presentation will receive comments from other groups and the teachers. Themes for group work can be linked to ongoing societal debates that deal with gender, ethnicity and class. Assessed as approved/not approved.

- Exam:

Home exam (individual), an essay on a given topic (work time: one week / 7 days, around 4000 words). Graded A-F.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale Letter grades
  • Assessment task - group work (4-5 students) - presentation for the whole class , comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Approved/ Not approved.
  • Home examination - individual, about 4000 words, 1 weeks, comprises 100/100 of the grade, grading scale Letter grades.

Overlapping courses

SAM5018v1 Analyzing (in)equalities – Gender, class and ethnic relation - 10 study points.

Included in these studies

 

 

Master in Social Analysishttps://www.nord.no/en/Student/study-plans/maanalysedMaster in Social AnalysisMaster's degree (2 years)

Course coordinator
Start semester Spring 2023
Teaching language English ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø / Digitally Faculty
Faculty of Social Sciences