autumn 2021
SVF-8055 Evoking gender - 5 ECTS

Application deadline

PhD students at UiT register for class and exam i Studentweb by September 1st for autumn semester.

Othes apply by June 1st for autumn semester. The application code in Søknadsweb 9301.

Type of course

This course may be taken as a single course by PhD-students.

Students who hold 5 ECTS from SVF-8003 Feminist Theories, Methodologies and Epistemologies can only obtain 3 ECTS due to overlap in literature and course content.

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian Master´s Degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that they are registered PhD students.

Holders of a Master´s Degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

The course has 20 seats. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available on the PhD course, applicants will be ranked from category 1 to 5.

Category 1: People admitted to the PhD Programme at UiT

Category 2: Participants in the Associate Professor Programme that fulfil the educational requirements

Category 3: Doctoral students from other universities

Category 4: People with a minimum of a Master´s Degree (or equivalent). (A Norwegian Master´s Degree of 5 years or 3 (Bachelor Degree) + 2 years (Master’s Degree).

If there are more than 20 PhD students from HSL who apply, the students who have studied the longest will be given preference.

There is a lower limit of 5 registered students required for the course to be held.

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

SVH-8003 Feminist theories, methodologies and epistemologies in research processes 3 stp

Course content

This course is for PhD students from the humanities and social sciences who wish to deepen their research from feminist and gender studies perspectives. 

Students with all levels of experience with gender and feminist theories and research are welcome to this course. The course will be taught by a team of scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and with specific expertise within gender and feminist research, including but not restricted to transnational/postcolonial feminisms, feminist critical race studies, transgender studies, gay and lesbian studies, sexuality studies, masculinity studies and feminist technoscience studies.

The 3-day course runs under the aegis of both the SKK at UiT and the Norwegian Research School for Gender Research. It consists of lectures and seminars where the students will discuss both assigned course readings and their own research projects.

The aim of the course is to assist the students in developing theoretical and analytical approaches to their material, applying advanced methods and discussing benefits and challenges of doing feminist and gender research.

Objectives of the course

By the end of the course the student has obtained the following:


The students will have a wide knowledge of fundamental and current feminist/gender theories and their application in research.

They will have a deep and thorough understanding of perspectives, subjects and terminologies within feminist and gender scholarship.

They will have an advanced knowledge of how to apply gender methodologies relevant within their research field.


The students will be able to theorize and analyze independently, both orally and in writing, their material through the lens of feminist and gender theory, to discuss connections of gender to productions of race, class and sexuality and to reflect on different methodologies. They will be able to analyze gender and power in relation to their material.


Through understanding and discussing research with feminist theories and methodologies, the students will be able to think in critical ways about the materials they are investigating. Thus, they will gain the competence to advance the critical originality and profoundness of their thesis and deepen its social and scientific relevance.  

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English. Depending on the composition of the student group some of the teaching could be in Norwegian.

The paper can be submitted in English, Norwegian, Danish or Swedish.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, oral presentations, written assignments like i.e. the 500 words to be submitted prior to course and the final paper after the course (see below), group assignments reflecting the content of the course and the students’ enhancement of it.


The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam:

Before you attend the course, you must prepare and send 500 words regarding your planned or conducted research and its feminist methodological angles and applications. You must also comment on the strengths of using feminist methodology in your work, and the challenges it poses.  

The exam is a final paper of 10 to 15 pages, referring the course literature. The students will have 2 weeks to write the exam.  

The exam will be assessed as Pass/Fail.

Retake is offered in in the beginning of the following semester in cases of Fail. Deferred examination is offered in the beginning of the following semester if the student is unable to take the final exam due to illness or other exceptional circumstances. Registration deadline for retake is January 15 for autumn semester exams and August 15 for spring semester exams.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: SVF-8055
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