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If 'gender is a primary way of signifying relationships of power' (J. Scott, 1986), how can we observe these relationships of power and how do they work? More specifically, how do the symbolic, institutional and social hierarchizations between men and women produce and reproduce discriminations, exclusions and marginalizations, and how are they legitimized? How do gendered hierarchies intersect with other systems of domination (race, class, age, sexual orientation)? Can we understand the underlying mechanisms of discrimination and exclusion when (dominant) cultural values (doxa) are taken for granted? Students will revisit a number of referential social scientists who have theorized the concept of power (M. Weber, Bourdieu, Durkheim, Foucault, ...) and reassess these theories from a critical feminist and gender perspective. Through a number of reflexive exercises students are invited to translate the abstract concepts of gender, culture and power into observable social interactions and lived experiences. In a creative and critical class dynamic theoretical thinking will be articulated with everyday empirical evidence in order to 'think' transformative actions.