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Gender, Sexuality, Migration Since 1960


Admission requirements

This course is part of the (Res)MA History Programme. Students from within the specialization the course belongs to have right of way. It is not accessible for BA students.


This course focuses on the gender and sexuality in post-war Europe, with specific attention to issues related to race and migrant perspectives. Students will engage with a range of historical sources and theoretical frameworks to explore the ways in which these issues have shaped and been shaped by Dutch politics and society.

Through a combination of lectures, discussions, and written assignments, students will examine the ways in which Dutch/European histories of gender and sexuality has been shaped by colonialism, labor migration, and cross-cultural interactions, and how the legacies of these debates continues to have an impact on contemporary debates around identity and belonging. We will explore a range of topics, including women’s movements, LGBTQ+ identities, and the politics of representation. Students will also examine the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with other forms of oppression, such as racism, classism, and xenophobia.

Throughout the course, students will engage in critical analysis of primary and secondary sources, including historical documents from physical and online archives. Students will develop skills in archival and oral-history research, and the ability to situate historical events and cultural phenomena within broader social and political contexts. By the end of the course, students will have a deep understanding of the historical and cultural roots of contemporary debates around gender, sexuality, migration, and race in Europe, which they can apply to their historical knowledge and critical thinking skills relevant to real-world challenges.

Course objectives

General learning objectives

The student has acquired:

  1. The ability to independently identify and select literature, using traditional and modern techniques;

  2. The ability to independently identify and select sources, using traditional and modern techniques;

  3. The ability to analyse and evaluate a corpus of sources with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;

  4. The ability to analyse and evaluate literature with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;

  5. The ability to independently formulate a clear and well-argued research question, taking into account the theory and method of the field and to reduce this question to accessible and manageable sub-questions;

  6. The ability to independently set up and carry out an original research project that can make a contribution to existing scholarly debates;

  7. The ability to give a clear and well-founded oral and written report on research results in correct English, when required, or Dutch, meeting the criteria of the discipline;

  8. The ability to participate in current debates in the specialisation;

  9. The ability to provide constructive feedback to and formulate criticism of the work of others and the ability to evaluate the value of such criticism and feedback on one’s own work and incorporate it;

  10. (ResMA only:) The ability to participate in a discussion of the theoretical foundations of the discipline.

Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialisation

The student has acquired:

  1. Thorough knowledge and comprehension of one of the specialisations or subtracks as well as of the historiography of the specialisationCities, Migration and Global Interdependence, focusing particularly on the manner in which migrations (of people, goods and ideas) between and within states have led to shifts (in cohesion, ethnic composition, policies, imaging, culture, and power relations) in the period 1600-2000, with a focus on (urban) networks (within and across borders).

  2. Thorough knowledge and comprehension of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological aspects of the specialisation or subtrack in question, with a particular focus in the specialisation Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence on the following: the interdisciplinary approach (application of theories and methods from social sciences), the comparative perspective (diachronic and synchronic) and working with a large variety of primary sources.

Learning objectives, pertaining to this Research Seminar

The student has acquired:

  1. The ability to employ an interdisciplinary approach (application of theories and methods from social sciences);

  2. The ability to study gender, sexuality, and migration from a comparative perspective (diachronic and synchronic);

  3. The ability to work with a large variety of primary sources;

  4. (ResMA only): The ability to interpret a potentially complex corpus of sources; the ability to identify new approaches within existing academic debates.


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar (compulsory attendance)

This means that students must attend every session of the course. If a student is not able to attend, he is required to notify the lecturer beforehand. The teacher will determine if and how the missed session can be compensated by an additional assignment. If specific restrictions apply to a particular course, the lecturer will notify the students at the beginning of the semester. If a student does not comply with the aforementioned requirements, the student will be excluded from the seminar.

Assessment method


  • Written paper (6500-7500 words, based on research in primary sources, excluding title page, table of contents, footnotes and bibliography)

*measured learning objectives: 1-8, 11-16

  • Oral presentation

measured learning objectives: 3-7, 9

  • Assignment 1 (essay)

measured learning objectives: 1-8

  • Assignment 2 (interview)

measured learning objectives: 1-8

  • Assignment 3 (film review)

measured learning objectives: 1-8


  • Written paper: 65%

  • Oral presentation: 20%

  • Assignment 1: 5%

  • Assignment 2: 5%

  • Assignment 3: 5%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average with the additional requirement that the written paper must always be sufficent.


Assignments and written papers should be handed in within the deadline as provided in the relevant course outline on Brightspace.


Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the instructor.

Inspection and feedback

How and when a review of the written paper will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the results, a review of the written paper will have to be organised. 

Reading list

A syllabus will be provided at the first meeting.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.

General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.


  • For course related questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Huizinga.


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