Introduction to Transgender Studies

7.5 credits

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In the course Introduction to Transgender Studies you are introduced to transgender phenomena, theoretical concepts, as well as, the historical, medical, activist and legal backgrounds that formed the field of Transgender Studies and the lives of trans people. You are expected to work independently and actively. You will have extensive reading from the field of Transgender Studies and the majority of the texts will be academic texts. The course language is English and all required texts are in English. The course is a 50% online course, which means that all lectures and seminars happen in an online classroom and that you have to dedicate approximately 20 hours/week to manage the workload. To pass the course you have to hand in several minor assignments (some of these are forum contributions), attend two obligatory online seminars and pass the two written exams.


To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.

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