Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Critical Gender Studies in the Life Sciences domains

Date: 10 September 2019 - 17 October 2019
Location: Wageningen University

Introduction & objectives of the course

Today, research in the life sciences done to support sustainable development is increasingly interdisciplinary and demands better understanding of roles of gender and other differences, such as race and colonial history. This course directly enables participants to develop, operationalize and integrate a critical gender framework into their own research. The manner in which participants work gender into their own research may then be independently replicated in integrating other relevant concerns.

Target group and learning outcomes

This course is intended for PhD candidates, postdoc, and staff members, across the social and environmental sciences, who want to expand their engagement with sustainable development through increased consideration of gender and diversity. Participants following this course will learn gender and social differences as an intersecting analytical category in the study of sustainable development by applying various perspectives to concrete cases.

After successful completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • understand current approaches in critical gender/feminist studies, in particular with regards to the life
  • sciences domains (such as, but not limited to food, agriculture, water); 
  • develop a coherent critical gender studies framework; 
  • integrate and operationalize this critical gender studies into their own research project/interests; 
  • directly use feminist/critical gender approaches in doing research in the life sciences domains and draw on the theories and concepts learned to develop and integrate other perspectives; and; 
  • engage in active learning, critical thinking and academic debate.

Assumed prior knowledge

Master’s degree in social, environmental or gamma sciences


6 ECTS for the entire course

Course organisation

Wageningen School of Social Sciences:

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