Gender and Diversity in the Life Sciences Domains (GEO58806)

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.

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

Tue 21 February 2023 until Thu 16 March 2023

Contact person (content): Chizu Sato
Contact person (logistics): Marcella Haan

Registration: via Osiris, contact WASS when this is not possible

Learning outcomes

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

  • understand and historically position 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

General interest in gender studies; Bachelor’s degree in social, environmental or gamma sciences

Session Times, Place & Outline of the Course in Hours (subject to change)ghCourse materials

Required readings will be made available before the course starts by the course coordinator.


  • Literature study

  • Lectures

  • In-class discussions

  • Tutorial discussions

  • Individual assignments (reflection papers, presentation & essay)