Topics in Critical Race and Transnational Feminisms

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
18 March 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA L32112 Gender and Sexuality Studies

Module description

This module discusses key topics in Critical Race Theory and Transnational Feminism to examine how race, sex, gender, sexuality and class, are socially constructed yet real and reproduced through a range of interlocking material, discursive, and relational practices.

Drawing on an intersectional approach the module will critically discuss how these practices produce and reproduce recurring patterns of social inequality, how their interplay is deeply embedded in legal, political and cultural structures and formative bodies and minds, and how they form an instrinsic part of the structuring logic of neoliberal globalization and uneven capital accumulation.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide students with global and intersectional understandings of how gender and sexuality are shaped by different positionalities and identities, such as race, class, nationality, religion, and dis/ability.

  • To foster an understanding of how gender, race, and class are conditioned by larger structural and historical forces, including slavery, colonialism, and patriarchy.

  • To explore how race, class, and gender are at work in key “geographies” of everyday life.

  • To support students’ engagement with decolonial and anti-racist feminist research.

  • To facilitate students’ ability to practice feminist, decolonial, and anti-racist politics.

  • To introduce students to feminist and critical race theory methodologies.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understanding of how gender and sexuality intersect with formations of class and race in the context of neoliberal economies and global landscapes.

  2. Familiarity with the differing meanings attached to gender and sexuality according to discrepant racial and classed positionalities.

  3. A thorough understanding of how gender, race, and class-based oppression operate through key sites of daily life.

  4. Awareness of feminist, decolonial, and anti-racist politics of resistance.

  5. Ability to deploy a feminist and intersectional perspective on scenes of everyday life and politics.

  6. Knowledge of key methods such as narrative analysis, ethnographic observation, counter storytelling, and artistic theory as part of feminist and critical race theory methodologies.

Module information

This module will also look at theories and cases from the global south and the global north as well as from the so-called peripheries of Europe to develop a better understanding of how experiences and structures of social injustice are deeply intertwined with the socio-historical matter and routines of specific sites and contexts. And we will explore the possibilities and pitfalls of critical responses to the intersection of power structures, such as feminist epistemologies, intimacies, global solidarities and alternative forms of organisation.

The module also includes a mid-term ethnographic field trip to a public site on which we will examine the interplay of race, class and gender in everyday practices.


  • Race, Gender, Class: Intersectionality and Neoliberal Lives.

  • The Law.

  • The Home.

  • The Workplace.

  • The Body - Field Trip to a Museum (e.g. The Vagina Museum in London).

  • Thresholds, Wakes and Borderlands.

  • Riotous Intimacies and 'Going-on-Being'.

  • The Commons.

  • The Collage.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour seminar per week.
  • One ethnographic field trip.

Seminars are broadly divided into three sections: a general introduction by the lecturer, a presentation of the paper/s by the student/s, followed by a group discussion.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Teaching Demonstration     
Coursework   Topics in Critical Race & Transnational Feminisms     

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Magda-Agata Schmukalla, email:
Dr Magda-Agata Schmukalla Room 5A.202



External examiner

Dr James Burford
Warwick University
Assistant Professor of Global Education and International Development
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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