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HDCB01081U  DCC Gender and Sexuality Studies Volume 2017/2018

Course information

Credit15 ECTS
Bachelor choice
Duration1 semester
See link under Timetable (after May 1st)
Course capacity60
Continuing and further education
Study boardStudy Board of Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Contracting department
  • SAXO-Institute - Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Course responsible
  • Per Methner Rasmussen (3-7f7c814f77847c3d7a843d737a)
Peter Edelberg
Saved on the 10-03-2017

Danish Culture Courses


Cultures of Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth Century Scandinavia

Sexuality and gender is more than biology. They are cultures and they have histories which make them worth of scholarly exploration. Scandinavia has a reputation for being liberal, or indeed emancipated, when it comes to sex and gender. A history some applauds and others criticize for having gone off the edge, leading some anti-prostitution activists to dub Denmark ’Brothel of the North’.

In this course we will explore gender and sexuality in Scandinavia and internationally through historical investigations of contemporary questions. Issues around homosexuality, pornography, children’s sexuality, prostitution, STDs, masculinity, and women’s liberation have flourished throughout last century. We will discuss these and others, aiming to understand the historical and cultural roots of comtemporary debates.

We will aim to understand scholarly debates around questions such as essentialism versus constructionism, queer theory, political uses of scholarly research, and censorship.

The course will consist of 10 lectures and two excursion where we visit activist organizations and a cultural historical exhibition. We will also be screening significant Danish movies, dealing with the topics of sexuality and gender.

NB. We will deal with pornography in a scholarly manner, and no one will be shown images they do not want to see. A warning will always be given before dealing with potentially offensive images.



Name of Exam: HDCB01081E The Formation of Modern Denmark

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and excursions
Formal requirements
The course is only offered to exchange and guest students at the University of Copenhagen.
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Registration form will be available at the beginning of April online at www.culturecourses.ku.dk

Exam (HDCB01081E The Formation of Modern Denmark)
Credit15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Max 20 pages, with a prerequisite approved synopsis of 2-3 pages. Subject is agreed between student and teacher.
AidAll aids allowed
Marking scale7-point grading scale
Censorship formNo external censorship

Written take-home assignment, 20-25 pages.

Saved on the 10-03-2017