Are we sisters after all? Gender and postcolonialism, 7.5 credits

Är vi systrar trots allt? Genus och postkolonialism, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Gender Studies

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Madina Tlostanova

Course coordinator

Madina Tlostanova

Director of studies or equivalent

Edyta Just

Available for exchange students



ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2024 202439-202443 English Linköping, Valla
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2024 202439-202443 English Linköping, Valla

Main field of study

Gender Studies

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

General entry requirements for undergraduate studies
English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6)
Exemption from Swedish

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • critically account for key theoretical perspectives and concepts in the field of gender and postcolonialism 
  • critically account for and compare the key theories in Western and postcolonial gender studies 
  • apply a selected theoretical perspective to an individual written assignment on a topic relevant for the field of gender and postcolonialism

Course content

This course addresses the core questions, problems, debates and concepts important for gender studies in a postcolonial world.  From a postcolonial perspective, societal challenges on a global, regional, national and local level are discussed. The course materials include academic and fictional texts and documentary and feature films.

Teaching and working methods

The teaching consists of lectures, seminars, group assignments and film screening. In addition, the student should conduct self-study.
Language of instruction: English


The examination consists of:

  • individual written assignment, grading: EC
  • active participation in seminars, grading: EC

The grade for the individual written assignment determines the final grade for the course.

Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.


If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice 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.



Other information

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 conducted in such a way that there are equal opportunities with regard to sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för Tema
Code Name Scope Grading scale
EXA1 Written examination 5 credits EC
SEM2 Seminar 1.5 credits EC
GRP2 Group discussions 1 credits EC
Reading list with compulsory literature can be found under the tab “Additional documents”. A complete Reading list including reference literature will be available in LISAM (LiU:s e-learning platform) at the start of the course.

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There are no files available for this course.