SOS09.3 Introduction to Trans Studies 5 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
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Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Degree Programme in Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

During the course students will gain basic knowledge of the history, terminology, and relevant questions addressed within the field of Transgender Studies, and how they connect to wider Gender/Feminist Studies as well as to trans activism.
Students will also have an overall understanding of the effects of cisnormativity, the medico-legal gatekeeping system and intersectional differences on the lived realities of trans people.

General description

The course consists of five meetings with pre-assigned reading materials. Each meeting will focus on a specific topic such as media representations of trans, medicalisation of trans bodies, and human rights issues. During the course we will work individually as well as in small groups.

The course workshops will be held at 10-14 

Wed 13.3.2019, Fri 15.3, Wed 20.3, Fri 22.3, and Wed 27.3.

OBS. The course includes also pre-tasks to be done BEFORE the first meeting (15.2-).

Enrolment for University Studies

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Enrolment for Open University Studies

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Luca Tainio, Teacher responsible


13-Mar-2019 – 27-Mar-2019
Seminar 20 hours
Wed 13-Mar-2019 at 10-14, Linna 5014
Fri 15-Mar-2019 at 10-14, Linna K108
Wed 20-Mar-2019 at 10-14, Linna 5014
Fri 22-Mar-2019 at 10-14, Linna 5014
Wed 27-Mar-2019 at 10-14, Linna 5014


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Evaluation will be based on participation during classes, finishing assignments and readings given by the teacher, and a final essay or small group presentation.

Study materials

Readings and tasks will be given in the course Moodle, and those selected to the course will get access to the Moodle by Feb 15.

Further information

Participants are required to have finished SOS4.4 Introduction to Gender Studies or equivalent course(s) before taking the course.

Working language will be English, but the final essay can also be written in Finnish.