The Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender is an interdisciplinary social science Master’s programme that aims to provide you with the core elements through which current gender theories and research, in dialogue with established academic disciplines, have contributed to the understanding of broader social processes. The major objective of the programme is to improve your ability to critically examine, evaluate and discuss the field’s most important theoretical perspectives and research results. With these skills in social science and gender analysis, you will be able to formulate and analyse interconnections between theory and practice concerning gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality.
You will develop skills in critical thinking in relation to social studies of gender and develop theoretical knowledge in your major discipline. You will be trained in various social science methods, both qualitative and quantitative. You will also gain general skills like problem-solving, working in teams, cultural understanding, writing independent reports as well as conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills. You will be given the chance to take an active part in shaping your education by tailoring your studies to your interests and career goals, especially in the second half of the programme.
There are also good opportunities to go abroad during the third semester and take courses at one of the many universities with which we have exchange agreements. You can also take advantage of the possibility to do an internship for one semester, which provides an excellent opportunity to gain work experience. Previous students have, for example, undertaken work placements at embassies and in international NGOs, private companies and the public sector, where a gender perspective is crucial.
Gender, Class, Ethnicity and Sexuality course (15 credits)
Research Methods course (15 credits)
Critical Feminist Perspectives in Social Theory (15 credits)
Theory of Sciences/Research Methods (15 credits)
Elective courses, Internship, and/or Studies Abroad (totalling 30 credits)
Master’s degree thesis (30 credits)
The critical social science perspective acquired during the programme, together with in-depth knowledge of theories in your disciplinary background prepares you for professional work in a variety of fields, such as organisational management, development, communication and social policy. In addition, the programme prepares students for doctoral studies and a continued academic career.