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140391 SE VM2 / VM7 - Gender, economics and postcolonial critique (2016S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Viewing Economics through the lens of gender studies and postcolonial critique questions many premises on which the discipline of Economics is built. This course combines close readings of some basic concepts in Economics and puts them up for debate. The debates are fueled by questions posed by scholars and critics who approach Economics from perspectives of feminist (gender studies) and postcolonial critique. Although key assumptions within Economics have been questioned and "unraveled" from many different positions already, this course sharpens the focus on transdisciplinary interrogations of Economics where gender and postcolonial critique intersect.

Postcolonial critique is a set of diverse and interconnected theoretical approaches. Combining social and cultural studies approaches, postcolonial critique seeks to uncover exclusionary structures, identify moments and spaces of agency and resistance, and to contextualize power structures and the production of knowledge in and beyond colonial and imperial endeavors. Through its keen awareness for history and geography and a substantial interest in examining the potential of subjectivity and agency, postcolonial perspectives compliment (and complicate) gender studies and feminist approaches. Contemporary postcolonial and feminist scholarship share a vested interest in analyzing the pluralities/multiplicities of overlapping and interconnected forms of dominance and oppression and in dismantling exclusionary and discriminatory structures and practices. Feminist perspectives within postcolonial critique (and vice versa) therefore provide us with a way of articulating complexities and challenging Eurocentric practices and theories linked to past and present forms of domination, exploitation, invisibility, exclusion and violence.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

March 17th, April 14th, April 28th, May 19th, June 9th, June 23rd from 2 to 6 pm
June 30th from 4 to 6 pm

Thursday 17.03. 14:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Thursday 14.04. 14:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Thursday 28.04. 14:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Thursday 19.05. 12:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Thursday 09.06. 14:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Wednesday 22.06. 16:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1


Aims, contents and method of the course

Transdisciplinary texts that draw on Economics, gender studies and postcolonial critique serve as a basis for employing methods of gender-specific, feminist and postcolonial critique and economics to the course participants' current research interests.

Assessment and permitted materials

The participants will be assessed based on the following: their participation in and contribution to class discussions; written assignments (essays and seminar papers); small group research project.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The aims of this course are (1) to develop an understanding of key concepts and an awareness as well as a language for discussing critical projects--particularly interventions in economics--that combine feminist and postcolonial perspectives, (2) to work out ways of integrating gender and postcolonial approaches into one's own reading of economic studies and discourse, (3) to build critical and analytical faculties to broaden one's own outlook in research, practice and work.

Examination topics

The course is discussion-based. Attendance of all students is fundamental. Required readings form the basis for the discussions. Inputs and explanations of supplementary readings and material will be provided by the instructors and seminar participants. The participants are required to conduct research and prepare a presentation in a small group, accompanied by a seminar paper. Regular written assignments, short essays on the core topics of the course throughout the semester.

Reading list

A Course Reader will be available at Facultas am Campus shortly before the first meeting.

Association in the course directory

VM2, VM7

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