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Gender Studies and Health I, 6 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Master´s Programme in Health and Society and Phoenix EM Dynamics of Health and Welfare
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Health and Society - HOA
  COURSE CODE   737A45
Having completed the course, the student shall
- be able to demonstrate knowledge of gender-theoretical perspectives and notions and be able to them in an appropriate way,
- be able to use major theories and evidence concerning the interplay between gender and health,
- be able to examine cultural discourses on masculinity and femininity of matter to health and disease representations, and cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary gender research on health,
- be able to analyse and discuss cases independently and in teams.
The course is an interdisciplinary course which provides students with basic knowledge of gender-theoretical perspectives and notions. The course:
- presents and examines gender studies on health within a wide variety of disciplines and particularly among humanistic and social sciences,
- provides the students with a brief orientation of similarities and differences in gender related health in different time- and space-specific contexts,
- examines feminist criticisms of certain health research and of conceptual tools in such research,
- examines cultural representations of femininity and masculinity by examining examples of practices, debates and political struggles of matter to health policies as well as feminist criticisms of traditional medical ethics,
- explores the interconnection between gender and biological sex, relative welfare and behavioural patterns on male/female health differentials in different historical and geographical contexts, and particularly in periods of rapid social change,
- encourages discussions on topics such as reproduction and new reproductive technologies, health, death and developments of medical treatments.
Lectures, central texts, individual work and group discussions during seminars.
Active participation in weekly seminars and a longer individually produced discussion paper by each student are the basis for the summary evaluation and marking made by the course examiner.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen (equivalent for example a professional degree) of at least 180 ECTS credits, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper or equivalent. All applicants must show in-depth studies for at least one year in a field relevant for the course such as sociology, history, philosophy, epidemiology, public health, and ethics. Studies in medical and natural sciences may be accepted, if considered a relevant background for the course.
Documented knowledge of English equivalent to "Engelska B"; i.e. English as native language or an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paper based 575 + TWE-score 4.5, and internet based 90), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.5 and no band under 5.5), or equivalent.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Gender Studies and Health I
Gender Studies and Health I
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
IHS - Department of Health and Society
Registrar No: 1324/06-41   Course Code: 737A45      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Health and Society - HOA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
A1X   Advanced level     HOA   HU  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2008-12-20