Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Family as a Gendering Institution, 7.5 credits
(Familjen som genusskapande institution, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1056GV
Subject area: Gender Studies
Main field of study: Gender Studies
Academic school: School of Culture and Education
Disciplinary domain: Humanities 50% Social Sciences 50%
Grading scale: AF
Education cycle: First-cycle (Bachelor)
Course level: B (intermediate)
Progressive specialisation: G1F (First cycle. Entry requirements: 0-60 credits from first-cycle courses)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2019 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Culture and Education at Södertörn University on 2018-12-06 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

30 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences, English B

3. Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the concept of family and its different meanings in society and in culture, as well as its historical and contemporary interpretations
  • analyse family as gendering institution from historical and interdisciplinary perspectives, demonstrate understanding of family power structures and functions from queer and postcolonial feminist perspectives
  • demonstrate how the concept of family could be used when discussing nation, race and migration
  • analyse gendering institutions from historical and interdisciplinary perspectives
  • demonstrate a critical approach to theoretical perspectives and research methods.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    The course analyses the family as a gendered institution and its various meanings in society and culture, both historically and in the present day. The course identifies and discusses various ways of understanding the concept of family as it is used in gender studies, as well as critically examining contemporary debates about the family as an institution and its implications for gender, sexuality and societal institutions.

    • Family as a Gendering Institution, 7,5 credits
      (Familjen som genusskapande institution, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Family as a Gendering Institution, 7,5 credits
      (Familjen som genusskapande institution, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

    5. Course design

    Teaching consists of lectures and seminars.

    6. Examination format

    The course is examined through

  • participation in the seminars
  • written assignments
  • home-taken exam

    Missed seminars may be compensated for by assignments, as determined by the course coordinator.
  •  The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    If a student has a certificate for compensatory support from Södertörn University, the examiner may decide on an adapted examination or alternative examination form in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

    7. Reading list

    8. Restrictions on accreditation

    The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.