Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Gender, Difference and Power

Course unit code: 569564

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Cristina Alsina Risquez

Department: Department of Modern Languages, Modern Literature and English Studies

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Document study

Face-to-face and online




-  Seminar

Face-to-face and online




-  Experimental workshop

Face-to-face and online



Supervised project


Independent learning






The subject will be taught in English, Catalan and/or Spanish. Students may use any of these three languages for presentations and written work. Other languages may also be accepted, subject to approval by the teaching staff.

Further recommendations

This subject may include organized outings among its activities.



Competences to be gained during study


Basic and general competences

— Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.

— Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgements.

— Skills to enable lifelong self-directed and independent learning.

— Capacity to understand: identification of concepts, problems and key questions in debates on the construction of cultural identities.

— Capacity to manage information: capacity to extract and integrate information from different sources, making effective use of libraries, archives, newspaper archives and other resources (particularly digital resources) relevant to research in the humanities.

— Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study. Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgements and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.

— Capacity to interpret texts from different eras and cultural traditions.

— Capacity for reflection: awareness of one’s own thought process, and ability to acknowledge and appraise different theories and points of view in the field of literary and cultural studies.

— Capacity to develop independent thought: critical and self-critical capabilities, capacity to develop original problem-solving strategies, capacity to generate new ideas, and capacity to delimit an object or field of study in terms of the construction and representation of cultural identities.

— Capacity to conduct basic research and monitor recent developments in the international scientific community in the fields of cultural studies, literary studies and gender studies.

— Ability to work in a team (capacity to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project / capacity to work in cross-disciplinary and multicultural teams).


Specific competences

— Theoretical and critical capabilities for constructing discourse on interculturality, otherness and globalisation.

— Interpretation of texts and primary sources related to the genre.

— Advanced understanding of the different theories and methodologies applied to interculturality, globalisation and post-colonial studies, and the analysis of different types of texts in these fields; more detailed knowledge of the tools of philology needed to analyse complex texts and conduct comparative studies.

— Capacity to identify and apply literary, sociological and cultural theories that address the theme of identity (with regard to gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.).

— Capacity to analyse the links between contemporary artistic creation and history, cultural institutions and social and political trends, taking into account the influences of colonisation and globalisation.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

• Gain extensive knowledge of the main topics of debate and concepts in feminist theory and contemporary gender and sexuality studies worldwide.
• Gain extensive knowledge of the main exponents of feminist theory and contemporary gender and sexuality studies worldwide.


Referring to abilities, skills

• Develop the capacity to construct robust, complex arguments that address the state of the art on an international level.
• Develop the capacity to manage information effectively, to identify the literary, sociological and cultural theories and methodologies applicable to specific cases, and to contribute clearly and accurately to discussions of literary and cultural issues.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

• Demonstrate a respect for all reasonably argued and well-founded viewpoints.



Teaching blocks


1. Introduction to the concepts of power, difference and gender

2. Biopower and pandemic

3. Postcolonialism / Hybridity / Intersectionality

4. Theories of sexuality

5. Biopolitics and posthumanism



Teaching methods and general organization


The general methodology combines theoretical and practical learning, through lectures and practical applied activities which may include directed debates, written assignments and research tasks.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Two exercises (25% and 75%), each of which must be passed.


Examination-based assessment

Students who are unable to meet the requirements for continuous assessment may change to the single assessment option, in which case a written request must be submitted before the deadline stipulated by the Faculty.


Single assessment consists of a written assignment worth 100% of the final grade which must be submitted on the official date stipulated by the lecturer on the Faculty’s official calendar. The topic and theoretical approach must be previously approved by the lecturer.

Repeat assessment

The procedure for repeat assessment is the same as that established for single assessment.



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


Butler, J. (1990). Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. Londres: Routledge. [El género en disputa, Barcelona: Paidós, 2001]


Foucault, M. (1976). Histoire de la sexualité I: La volonté de savoir. París: Gallimard. [Historia de la sexualidad I, Mèxic: Siglo XXI, 1977]

Segarra, M. i À. Carabí (eds.) (2000). Feminismo y crítica literaria. Barcelona: Icaria, “Mujeres y culturas”.

Biblioteca UB  EnllaƧ

Torras, Meri, Cuerpo e identidad (2008), Bellaterra: Edicions UAB.


Wittig, M. (1992), The Straight Mind and Other Essays, Boston: Beacon. [El pensamiento heterosexual y otros ensayos, Barcelona-Madrid: Egales, 2006]