Netherlands, Nijmegen

Gender and Diversity: Core Concepts in Society and Science

when 13 August 2018 - 17 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 585

Radboud Social and Cultural Research hosts leading research on gender inequality and diversity dynamics. The interdisciplinary course Gender & Diversity: core concepts in society and science, is based on RU's state-of-the-art research and provides an advanced introduction to gender and diversity in social science in an intensive one-week programme. The course will be team-taught by nine highly acknowledged faculty members  from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

This course is designed as an 'advanced introduction'; it (1) starts with explaining core concepts and approaches in gender and diversity  studies, but goes beyond introductory textbook knowledge; it (2) introduces an intersectionality perspective, with which we can start to analyse the social construction of gender, class,  race, ethnicity and sexuality in historical and contemporary debates in society and science; and (3) uses accessible language, while challenging participation in thinking very critically  of our knowledge, practices and perspectives.

The first part of the course is dedicated to provide a fundamental toolkit for any academic who wants to conduct or understand gender and diversity  research and gendered processes in society. In two days’ time, we discuss (1) core concepts, including sex, gender, diversity, and intersectionality; (2) how research design can lead to intersecting constructions of difference and biases in research; and (3) what the importance of the historical and political context is for understanding gender dynamics. In the second part of the course, we will apply different types of gender and diversity perspectives and theories by discussing several important themes (e.g. education, work, politics) in the social sciences and society. Each of these themes is fundamental to societal change and the production and reproduction of gender inequalities.
Practical skills
Besides the small group lectures on each of the themes there is ample room for discussion, and during the course students  will be working on several assignments. In each assignment we practice different skills that belong to an all-round gender expert, including academic reflection, giving voice, policy advice, and empirical research.

This course also provides an introduction to the Netherlands from a gender perspective. Many examples will focus on the Netherlands. Of course, when we discuss the Netherlands this is often done in a comparative perspective, and we highly value having a diverse group of students so that we van discuss contextual differences and similarities in (gender) inequalities and dynamics.

Course leader

Marieke van den Brink
Professor Gender & Diversity
Radboud SCR- Gender & Diversity Studies
Radboud University

Target group

Advanced Bachelor, Master, PhD. For anyone with an interest in learning more about gender and relevant intersecting categories, particularly Bachelor's and Master's students. If you are at a more advanced level of your (academic) career, do keep in mind that this is an introductory course.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
- Understand of the key concepts of 'gender', 'diversity' and 'intersectionality';
- Explain how sex, gender, sexuality are different but interrelated concepts;
- Analyse contemporary debates in society and science from an intersectionality perspective;
- Pinpoint and study core aspects of inequality in contemporary society;
- Formulate a plan for further developing your gender & diversity

Fee info

EUR 585: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 527          early bird discount – deadline 1 April 2018 (10%)
€ 497          partner and RU discount (15%)
€ 439          early bird + partner and RU discount (25%)

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