The Personal is Political: Biography, Gender and Diversity


Course Objective

1. Acquiring knowledge of and insight in the field of historical
gender and diversity studies;
2. Acquiring knowledge of and insight in historical research
3. Develop academic research skills;
4. Develop writing skills;
5. Develop presentation skills.

Course Content

"The personal is political", was a well-known rallying slogan in the
late 1970s women's movement. Modern historical research acknowledges the
impact and influence of the many dimensions that shape individual lives,
including gender, sexuality and sexual preference, ethnicity, race, age,
religion and class. This seminar explores how these intersecting
dimensions are present and influence the lives and biographies of
politically engaged personalities, famous or unknown, by studying the
genre of the political biography, autobiography and life writing. The
seminar sets out with a short series of lectures by experts in the
field, followed by writing and research assignments. Students will work
at an individual paper, based in a biographical research project of
their own choice; suggestions will be available. The course ends with
student's presentations of their findings.

Teaching Methods

Seminar (twice weekly), with assignments and several guest lectures .
Meetings are scheduled on Wednesday morning and Friday morning,

Method of Assessment

- Active participation in class including following up the assignments
- Individual presentation of the outline of the individual research
paper and how it links to the common reading in class (15%)
- Final discussion in semi-public seminar (15%)
- Final paper (4000 words) (60%)
Each element has to be satisfactory in order to pass the course.

Entry Requirements

Academic skills course (ACVA) passed.


Literature will be made available for students in the first week of the

Target Audience

BA2 students in History, Humanities, Social Sciences, Philosophy, and
Medical Studies.

Additional Information

This course is part of the Minor Gender and Diversity.

General Information

Course Code L_AABAALG068
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. D.G. Hondius
Examiner dr. D.G. Hondius
Teaching Staff dr. D.G. Hondius
dr. B. Boter
dr. J.C.A.P. Ribberink

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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