Upon completing this course, the student
- is able to tell about the importance of analyzing gender and sexuality in social and cultural life
- has gained an overview of gender studies and its main topics, approaches and concepts
- is acquainted in reading gender studies research articles
- is able to tell about some cultural and social issues in Finland from gender perspective.
Introduction to gender studies; gender, sexuality and equality; Finnish culture and society from gender studies perspective.
Online Exam or Essay. Please look at the information about the electronic exam: https://exam.uef.fi/. Note that you cannot register to the electronic exam via WebOodi. The essay topics and materials should be discussed beforehand with the professor of gender studies Jaana Vuori.
1. Rahman, Momin & Jackson, Stevi (2010) Gender and Sexuality. Sociological Approaches. Cambridge, Polity.
2. Choose five articles from the list below. If the direct link is not mentioned below, articles are electronically available at University of Eastern Finland Library (Nelli portal).
- Eerola, Petteri & Huttunen, Jouko (2011) Metanarrative of the “New Father” and Narratives of Young Finnish First-Time Fathers. Fathering 9:3, 211-231.
- Grönstrand, Heidi (2008) In Fredrika Bremer’s Footsteps. Early Women Authors and the Rise of the Novel Genre in Finland. NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research 16:1, 46–57.
- Juvonen, Tuula (2006) Shadow Lives and Public Secrets. Queering Gendered Spaces in the 1950s and 60s in Tampere. SQS 1/2006, 49–70. Available at: https://journal.fi/sqs/article/view/53720
- Keskinen, Suvi (2011) Troublesome Differences – Dealing with Gendered Violence, Ethnicity, and ‘Race’ in the Finnish Welfare State. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention 12:2, 153–172.
- Lehtonen, Jukka (2010) Gendered Post-Compulsory Educational Choices of Non-Heterosexual Youth. European Educational Research Journal Vol 9, Issue 2, pp. 177–191. https://doi.org/10.2304/eerj.2010.9.2.177
- Lähdesmäki, Tuuli & Saresma, Tuija (2014) Reframing gender equality in Finnish online discussion on immigration: Populist articulations of religious minorities and marginalized sexualities. NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 22 (4), 299-313. doi:10.1080/08038740.2014.953580
- Nikunen, Minna (2017) Young people, future hopes and concerns in Finland and the European Union: classed and gendered expectations in policy documents. Journal of Youth Studies 20:6, 661-676. Doi: 10.1080/13676261.2016.1260693
- Ojala, Hanna & Calasanti, Tony & King, Neal & Pietilä, Ilkka (2016) Natural(ly) men: masculinity and gendered anti-aging practices in Finland and in the USA. Ageing & Society 36; 356–375. doi:10.1017/S0144686X14001196
- Saarikangas, Kirsi (2006) Displays of the Everyday. Relations between Gender and Visibility of Domestic Work in the Modern Finnish Kitchen from the 1930s to the 1950s. Gender, Place and Culture 13:2, 161–172.
- Tormulainen, Aino & Mulari Heta & Voipio, Myry (2017) Explosive Self-Confident Femininity: Experienced and Remembered Girl Energy. In Nordic Girlhoods: New Perspectives and Outlooks, edited by Bodil Formark, et al., Springer International Publishing AG, z.Hd. Alexander Grossmann, 2017. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uef-ebooks/detail.action?docID=5100562.
Understanding the learning outcomes of the study materials.
Professor of Gender Studies Jaana Vuori, Agora room 264.
Students can choose the time to take the electronic exam during the times the exam room is available. See more: https://exam.uef.fi/. An exam is available in the system for a certain period of time (or until further notice) during which students can take it when best suited for their own timetables. Writing an essay is possible during the semesters, or if agreed, also during holidays.
Joensuu and Kuopio
Language of tuition: English.