Course content

This course examines how social relations and identities are determined by the spatial organisation of social life. During this course doctoral students will analyse how different types of spaces constitute and project group and individual identities, and through them allow for and enforce different social structures, social discourses, linguistic borders, as well as a sense of community but also social unrest. Special attention is given to the differences between urban, suburban, and rural spaces, central and peripheral areas, as well as the gendering of different spaces and places. A critical understanding of how spaces and identities relate to each other is an essential focus of this course.

Learning outcomes

For a grade pass on the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe and explain the function of different forms of spaces in the formation of identities both historically and in contemporary society
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on the differences between urban, suburban, and rural spaces and their impact on the formation of identities
  • Independently evaluate the significance of space and place in the formation of identities in relation to the topic of their own doctoral work

Practical information

The course has the following obligatory elements: active participation in lectures and seminars; completion of written assignments; an oral presentation.

The course is examined through written assignments in the form of a learning journal and research paper, oral presentation and completed seminar exercises.

Teaching takes place in the form of lectures, seminars, and a residential course off campus.

Period: Autumn semester 2020

Language of instruction: English

Course director: TBA

Theme coordinator: Inka Moilanen

Course title in Swedish: Rumslighet och identitet

The course is offered by the Department of History in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, and the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish Studies.

The course is part of the theme Space and Place in the Humanities