Netherlands, Nijmegen

Gender: a Core Concept in Society and Science

when 8 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 525

The Department of Sociology and Institute for Gender Studies at Radboud University host leading research on gender inequality and dynamics. The course Gender: a core concept in society and science is based on RU’s state of the art research and provides an advanced introduction to gender in social science in a intensive one-week programme. The course will be team-taught by nine highly acknowledged faculty members from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

An ‘advanced introduction’
This course is designed as an ‘advanced introduction’: it (1) starts with explaining core concepts and approaches in gender studies but goes beyond introductory textbook knowledge; it (2) introduces a gender perspective and applies it to contemporary debates in society and science; and (3) uses accessible language, while challenging participation in thinking very critically of our knowledge, practices and perspectives.

Fundamental and applied knowledge
The first part of the course is dedicated to provide a fundamental toolkit for any academic who wants to conduct or understand gender research and gendered processes in society. In two day’s time, we will discuss (1) core concepts, including sex, gender, sexuality and intersectionality; (2) how research design can lead to gender biases in research; and (3) the importance of the historical and political context for understanding gender dynamics.

In the second part of the course, we will apply different types of gender 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 belongs to an all-round gender expert, including academic reflection, giving voice, policy advice and empirical research.

The Netherlands and Nijmegen
This course also provides an introduction to the Netherlands from a gender perspective. Many examples will focus on the Netherlands and we will take a gender tour through Nijmegen, the city in which Nina Simone and the mother of Karl Marx once lived. Of course, when we discuss the Netherlands this is often done in a comparative perspective and we value having a diverse group of students highly, so that we can discuss contextual differences and similarities in gender inequalities and dynamics.

Course leader

Dr. C.H.B.M.Spierings
Assistant Professor
Nijmegen Institute for Social and Cultural Research
Radboud University

W.P. Meerstadt, MA
Coordinator IGS
Nijmegen Institute for Social and Cultural Research
Radboud University

Target group

- No background in gender studies required.
- A background in the social science is helpful, but not required.
- Graduate students who have already specialised in gender studies will mainly benefit if they are looking for more interdisciplinary perspectives and applying both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
- For queries contact the Radboud Summer School coordinator.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
- explain how sex, gender, sexuality, and intersectionality are different but interrelated concepts.
- analyse contemporary debates in society and science from a gender perspective.
- pinpoint and study core aspects of gender inequality in contemporary society.
- formulate a plan for further developing your gender expertise.

Fee info

EUR 525: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2016.
15% discount for students and PhD candidates from Radboud University and partner universities.
EUR 195: Housing (optional)