IDE2100 – The intellectual history of sex and gender

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Course content

The course will focus on notions and conceptions of gender in intellectual history and culture from antiquity to modern times. Historically gender has been expressed in a broad range of texts, cultural norms and social practice. The course will discuss continuity and change in Western understandings of gender from the perspective of a history of ideas about body and sexuality.

Learning outcome

Having completed this course, you will have acquired:

  • the ability to assess and impart the main features of historical understandings of gender
  • the ability to read and interpret complex texts and to situate them in different historical and intellectual contexts
  • in depth knowledge of a particular topic in order to understand the scholars who have been concerned with the topic and how they differ from one another. 


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Recommended previous knowledge

We strongly recommend that you have completed  IDE1104 – Vestens idéer fra antikken til 1600 og IDE1105 – Vestens idéer fra 1600 til vår egen tid (or equivalent).

Overlapping courses


A combination of lectures and seminars will be taught throughout the semester (20 hours in all)

Students are expected to prepare well for the seminars and to participate actively in the seminar discussions. Teaching activity will also take place in Canvas.

In order for you to qualify for the final exam, the following compulsory assignments must be approved by the teacher:

  • draft of the term paper
  • comments upon your fellow students' drafts


Term paper, of about 10 pages (of about 2300 characters each), reference list not included.

When you write a term paper, you are entitled to receive individual tutoring. The obligatory draft of the term paper forms the basis for this tutoring. An exact deadline for handing in the draft will be given by the teacher during the seminar.

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, the compulsory assignment must be approved by the teacher.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)