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Societal Groups and changing power relations 7.5 credits

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First cycle, H0039N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and completed the courses Nation, Ethnicity and Identity (H0030N) 7,5 credits, Time creates the world (H0031N) 7,5 credits and Societal change from different perspectives (H0037N) 15 credits with at least a passing grade, or equivalent courses in history 30 credits.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After completion of the course, students will be able to explain how groups in interpreted their history in the light of post-colonial development. They should be able to relate this process to postcolonial theories about the view of the other and gender theories about gender power distribution in society. They should be able to describe how women and other groups sought emancipation during the 20th century.

In this course, history is studied as a means of group identification and gender as a power distribution system. The course is about political mobilization and emancipation processes of different groups. In this context, theories dealing with gender and ethnicity and the distribution of power within different societies are discussed.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Lectures and seminars based on the course literature. The students carry out specific thematic tasks regarding the changing roles of specific groups in the history writing. The post-colonial emancipatory perspective is problematized as well as theories around gender, ethnicity.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Individual written assignment and active participation in a seminar, 3 credits (U, G, VG).
Written exam, 4.5 credits (U, G, VG).
VG in the first and second stages is required for VG on the course.
All subjects require G for an approved course.

Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Some parts of the course realization may be in English.

Josefin Rönnbäck

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
- Carlsson Wetterberg, C. & Jansdotter, A. (red.) (2004). Genushistoria. En historiografisk exposé. Studentlitteratur, Lund.
- Kymlicka, Will (1998), Mångkulturellt medborgarskap, Nya Doxa, Nora.
- Loomba, Ania (2008), Kolonialism/Postkolonialism: en introduktion till ett forskningsfält. Tankekraft, Stockholm.
- Said, Edward W. (2016). Orientalism, Nyutg., Ordfront, Stockholm, 2016
- Sjöberg, Maria & Cassel, Kerstin (red.) (2017), En samtidig världshistoria, Andra upplagan, Studentlitteratur, Lund. (I urval)
- Kvinnohistoria i Sverige (finns som elektronisk resurs via denna länk:

Historisk atlas.
Additional articles can be added.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0004Written examU G VG *4.50MandatoryA18
0005Written assignment and seminarU G VG *3.00MandatoryA18

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 18 Feb 2013

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 17 Feb 2021