Do you want to change the world? Do you want to challenge social and cultural norms about gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class, functionality? Are you interested in working with issues of gender and equality in your everyday practice? Then Gendering Practices is the master’s programme for you. Making you familiar with theories of power relations and equality work, this programme will help you develop a reflexive approach to your practical work, and provide you with methodological insights into the field of Gender Studies and research.
Gendering Practices will prepare you for an international labour market that requires advanced knowledges about – and critical perspectives on – power relations, equality work, and social and cultural norms. Drawing on the strength of the interdisciplinary field of Gender Studies, the programme is a co-operation between Gender Studies and scholars and teachers working with gender and feminist theory in other departments at the University of Gothenburg. The programme offers four different strands of study, developed to prepare the students for different parts of the labour market: Equality Politics, Organisation, and Law; Cultural Theories and Practices; Cultural Heritage; Body Politics, and Social Health. It also prepares students for doctoral studies in Gender Studies, Social Medicine, Global Studies, History, Comparative Literature, History of Science and Ideas, Art History and Visual Studies, Ethnology, Film Studies, and Musicology, depending on what courses the student takes. Read an interview with one of our students, Majdouline Lyazidi.
Contents of the programme
The programme is structured around the conviction that gendering practices is an interdisciplinary field, and that theory and practice are intertwined. The programme, as a whole, focuses on the complexity of “gendering practices” and the development of a meta-theoretical perspective on knowledge production. The overall objective of the curriculum is to build a platform for interdisciplinary encounters between different academic disciplines, generating new ways of understanding and working with gendered practices. Hence an emphasis has been put on an integration of core courses and courses specific for the different strands.
The first semester consists of two core courses: Theoretical Perspectives in Gender Studies and Methodologies in Gender Studies.
During the second semester the students chose one of the four strands of the programme, and take one core course in the chosen strand and one elective course within the program. It is also possible to take an additional course within respective strand.
The first part of the third semester consist of 8 weeks (15 hec) internship. The internship could be performed in a workplace, in an organisation as well as in a research project. The latter part of the semester is reserved for the core course Interdisciplinary Challenges in Gender Studies.
During the fourth semester all students complete a Master’s thesis.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies, or a Bachelor’s thesis with a gender perspective written within another discipline, are eligible to apply for this programme. The programme co-ordinator for Gendering Practices is responsible for individual evaluations of Bachelor’s theses from disciplines other than Gender Studies, to secure the level of each applicant’s knowledge in the field of gender and feminist theory.
N.B. If you do not have a degree in Gender Studies you have to supplement the programme co-ordinator with your Bachelor's thesis, via the programme webpage.