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Gender and Intersectionality

University of Iceland via edX


Understanding how gender intersects with various cultural and social concepts is not only essential to understanding gender studies as a scientific discipline, it is also an important part of moving through and experiencing the world as a human being. Understanding gender and intersectionality can help us understand ourselves and the world and culture we live in. This course offers an excellent starting point for anyone coming to gender studies for the first time, or for those already in the field who wish to brush up on the basics through a more visual experience. The course will offer different resources in the form of literature, articles, images, audio, websites, and visual texts about gender in many different contexts. Specifically using examples from popular culture, classical literature, and history, this course will teach you how to analyze religious texts and traditions, class divisions, racial inequality, sexualities, and nationalism through a gendered lens. The course is adapted from a semester length undergraduate level course taught at the University of Iceland.

Taught by

Giti Chandra and Thomas Brorsen Smidt


5.0 rating, based on 8 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    I have to give “5 stars” to this course since it is central for human development.

    This course is deeply illuminating in actuality, worldwide, since most societies have entered into a globalization system, in which all peoples are forced to face other cultures, rooted in different religions, traditions and histories.

    Gender studies, is a way to approach and unified ideas, under one view, inside one of the most important issues nowdays, since it touches the 'Rights' of more of the half of the world’s population: represented by women.
  • Nadia Venegas
    I can totally confirm this course is the best I've taken. The instructors are clear, original and really funny. As a college student, all of the material covered gave me a wider perspective on how gender and its social construction over time is the defining element of most people's understanding of daily life, politics, ethical decisions, etc. I love that I can now distinguish gendered bias situations, and act from the value of empathy to start eliminating oppression and segregation in order to build a truly diverse society!
  • Allison W
    I learned so much! This class really helped to open my eyes to intersectionality and gender. It's amazing how often gender and intersectionality topics arise in day to day life. I wish more people took this course or a course like it. I think there would be more understanding among people for our different experiences.
  • Anonymous
    One of the best courses I attended. Good for beginners in the topic and for people already well informed. Well structured, with competent teachers and easy to understand even for non native English speakers like me. Highly recommended!
  • Anonymous
    Firstly, I'd like to appreciate the syllabus which has covered all the important issues. Our instructors Thomas Sir and Giti Ma'am have done a tremendous job. They have explained the most complicated topics in such a way that it got so easy to grasp the context and relevance of the same. The conversational tone used by both instructors made this course fun and hard to leave. I am so happy that I took this course because from instructors to syllabus, everything here is the right shot for students who are looking for opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Anonymous
    I just started the course and my first impression thought me the depth of knowledge and resources that are included in every phase. I would like to continue more other courses too. Thanks for the platform
  • Anonymous
    This course is everything I thought it would be an so much more since it gives you a deep understanding of the roots and functions of misogyny in the whole world. I recommend it for everyone!
  • Anonymous
    This course was very beneficial and applicable. I appreciate the brevity due to the closures length but there is sooo much covered!!

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