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Gender as a cross-cutting tool for understanding, diagnosing, and solving challenges

Gender as a cross-cutting tool for understanding, diagnosing, and solving challenges

Self-paced open MOOC (3rd Edition)
Open for application


How can we understand, diagnose, and solve challenges within any field of knowledge, considering gender as an epistemological apparatus? This interdisciplinary online course presents main concepts and main methods related to gender as cross-cutting methodology in CBL.

The team

Begonya Saez Tajafuerce
Study format
Application period
18 January – 23 July 2023
Study period
16 January – 30 July 2023
Hosting university
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona



Package 1 : Philosophy and Law

Conceptual introduction to the ways in which knowledge is produced and disseminated without paying attention to gender, age, race, and class differences and sexual difference as regards relations among subjects and among bodies, and, thereby, becoming what might be understood as rigid, immaterial, and disaffected knowledge. The impact of producing and disseminating knowledge in these terms will be made clear by analyzing the so-called neutrality of the Law and its effects in gender equality policy making. 

Package 2 : Psychology and Literature

(1) Applied critical consideration of epistemic violence, that is, of how gender differences have an effect on subjects and bodies and how they have an effect in their well being depending on the role that gender is given in Psi Disciplines.

(2) Applied critical deconstruction of gender stereotypes and of prejudices that symbolically limit the imaginary field of subjects and bodies and tie them to the immateriality of heteronormativity.  

Package 3: Anthropology and Pedagogy

Attention will be payed to a specific challenge in order to (1) make clear how to take into account diversity, difference, and inequality by means of situating knowledge and of feminist methodologies and feminist data analysis and how to (2) validate and make epistemically relevant different kinds of agency by gendering it (including age, class, and race differences). 

Learning Outcomes

  1. To identify the key concepts of feminist thought in its diversity and the methodologies therefrom derived and in relation to the ways in which knowledge is produced and disseminated and its results applied.
  2. To acquire a complex understanding of how to apply a gender and queer perspective in the analysis of societal challeges.
  3. To obtain a complex understanding of the role of the body and the marks of gender, age, race, and class when facing the design, the production, and the execution of social projects.
  4. To grasp the mechanisms of the binary, heteronormative, and colonial system of gender in the processes of subjectivation/normalization.
  5. To consider the material and affective dimension of the production and dissemination of knowledge and to share its impact in the context of challenge-based learning.

Module provider

Hosting university

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona