SOC41150 Queering Global Challenges

Academic Year 2023/2024

The world appears at the verge of a new era which changes our ways of life and will continue to challenge familiar answers to nouvelle problems. As global challenges alter our institutions, practices, and strategies, the need to think outside the box becomes a matter of acute importance. Older solutions worked for the age of Modernity, but can they continue to help us thrive in the coming times? If not, how do we approach innovative ways of thinking to come up with more creative ideas?
This module offers one venue which can potentially lead to original solutions and imaginations. It is built around literature united under the umbrella of Queer Theory, a post-structuralist line of thinking that critically engages with modernist thought and heads to unpredictably queer futures. This avant-guard intellectual school started with the analysis of gender and LGBTI+ sexualities. It is now dealing with a range of social issues. We shall look at global challenges from a queer perspective and see that 'to queer' global challenges means to offer innovative solutions.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

After the module, the students will be able to:
- map and understand contemporary intellectual currents in social theory;
- distinguish queer approaches from other post-structuralist theories;
- apply queer perspective to the analysis of various material;
- debate social issues on a higher theoretical level.

Indicative Module Content:

The module consists of lectures and seminars (11 weeks in total). Students are asked to be active participants of the classes, contribute with structured (presentations) and unstructured (discussions, questions) interventions. Thematically, the module circles around topics of LGBTI+ and queer sexualities, gender, poverty, human rights, climate change and ecological feminism, etc. Classes are complimentary to an extensive list of readings comprised of a selection of contemporary classical queer literature.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, seminars, active participation, final project. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Project: Central piece of the module is students' analysis of a policy from queer perspective. Week 12 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Presentation: Oral presentation or video recording of each student's final project prepared for the module. Week 10 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Seminar: Students are asked to lead one of the seminars by preparing a thorough analysis of assigned readings. Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students receive their grades and feedback on Brightspace if this is where they are supposed to submit their work. Students receive feedback from the class on their activities presented in class.