19.9. – 3.10.2017

Gender & sexuality: New identities in Nordic landscapes

Gender & sexuality: New identities in Nordic landscapes
Course title: Gender & sexuality: New identities in Nordic landscapes 
Coordinating university: University of Helsinki
Coordinators: Elina Oinas
Email: elina.oinas(at)helsinki.fi
Lecturers: Maryan Abdulkarim, Elina Oinas, Leena-Maija Rossi
Teaching language: English
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course dates: 19.09.2017 - 03.10.2017
Registration dates: 11.08.2017 - 11.09.2017

NOTE: SIMHE Courses are directed at asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. To browse UniPID courses for students at Finnish universities, click here.

Note: Course has mandatory face to face meetings.

Course content

The course provides tools for understanding sexuality, gender and identity in the changing Nordic landscapes. The course evolves by building bridges between personal experiences, activism and academic discussions. The focus in the discussions will be on the following themes:

  • Queering history and tradition
  • Identity politics
  • Survival strategies
  • Belonging and exclusion
  • Islamic feminism, being muslim and queer

The course will mainly take place online, with three face-to-face meetings that are compulsory (travel costs of attendance will be covered). The course will be in English. It runs for 8 weeks and equals 5 ECTS. Participation in the course will give access to the library of the University of Helsinki as well as the databases and Moodle platform. Participants will receive a course diploma with successful compilation of the course.

If you wonder if this course is for you, read this "sample reading" to assess the level:


The text showcases the level of English skills that is required to successfully pass the course. Skills in reading theoretical texts that will be required throughout the course.


  • Maximum amount of participants: 24

  • Priority to gender and sexual minorities who are asylum seekers or recently granted asylum. In addition a few Gender Studies students from Finnish universities will be attending.

Requirements for participants

  • The ability to use a computer with internet connection 2-4 times a week and access the Moodle online learning platform (instructions will be provided). 
  • Opportunity to study between 18 September and 3 October 2017.
  • No previous university studies are required.  


  • 18.9.2017 Course starts
  • 22.9.2017 First meeting 12-16
  • 13.10.2017 Second meeting 12-16
  • 3.11.2017 Final meeting, conclusion 12-16
Venue: University of Helsinki, SSKH, Snellmaninkatu 12, 00170 Helsinki


  • 1st week: Orientation
  • 2nd week: Gender studies 101
  • 3rd week: Queering History and tradition
  • 4th week: Religion and faith; example: Being muslim and queer. History of queer in muslim world pre-colonial era. Islamic feminismi, reformist islamic views on gender and sexuality
  • 5th week: Othering, belonging, exclusion, racialization
  • 6th week: Identity, identity politics
  • 7th week: New identities in Nordic Landscapes: Survival strategies and situated tactics
Learning methods

Reading academic texts, blog texts, comics, written participation in discussion and other assignments. 

Course material

Material will be distributed through the Moodle online learning platform. 

Registration for this course is closed.