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Queer Planet (EN)

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Even though the world continues to consider itself by-and-large straight, there is nothing ‘naturally’ straight-forward about human relations. Some 70+ countries continue to consider homosexuality illegal and even more still have constraints in place where it concerns same-sex marriage, childrearing/ adoption, and even the right to raise awareness of the existence of non-normative sexualities. This course steps away from these pressing judicial and political concerns and instead treats the world as inherently queer. It asks how societies and cultures across the globe have engaged with categories of gender and sexuality categories that appear to deviate from the norm.

Photo: Michiel Baas

Reading and discussing text from across the social sciences and humanities the guiding question will be what can we learn by studying gender and sexual diversity about societies in general? How do other aspects of society such as socioeconomic difference, race & ethnicity, and religious beliefs relate to this? We will also examine the potential of queer theory to understand diversity and inequality elsewhere in society. What alliances are possible between queer activists and other marginalized communities? Students should be willing to familiarize themselves with the unfamiliar. 


Michiel Baas




Learning objectives

At the end of the course the student will have:

  • Developed a detailed understanding of queer identities across the world;

  • Learned how to investigate sexual and gender difference across different cultural contexts;
  • Conducted research to develop further insight in related topics and issues.

Teaching format

Teaching will be hybrid form that combines weekly lectures with group assignments and online presentations/discussion.

  • Lectures
  • Selfstudy
  • Work independently on project/ thesis


Besides group assignments the final exam will be in the form of a take-home/open-book exam. Assessment will be through group presentation, class participation and a final exam.

Entry requirements

Open to second and third year bachelor students.

Study material

  • Literature and book chapters
  • Syllabus: provided online via Canvas


You can find the timetable on Datanose.

Number of participants



This course is open for UvA students and other interested parties, such as contract students or students from other institutions. You can register from 1 December until a week before the start of the course. 

Registration UvA students (look for code: 5512QUPL6Y).

Other parties, such as contract students and UvA staff take part as auditor and must take part in the workinggroups and exam(s) as well.

Registration other interested parties

If you have any trouble while registering please contact: 


Check the website


Besides Canvas we will be making use of Google Docs throughout the course. Please inform the course instructor of the email id you prefer to use for accessing Google Docs.

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term, open uva courses
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in February