In the Gender, Sexuality and Society Master’s programme, you will examine differences in groups of men, groups of women, and differences between these groups. This will be placed in a broader perspective of social identities, political power and processes of exclusion and inclusion.
It is generally accepted that differences between rich and poor, young and old, between skin colours, or between Christians and Muslims are undeniable factors in people’s lives. Functioning as a woman or a man, with particular sexual orientations, holds comparable significance. Gender, Sexuality and Society are devoted to enhancing our understanding of the differences among groups of women and groups of men, as well as between women and men. In an era of globalisation and transnational migration, we see that new sexual acts and practices emerge within the fragmenting cultural landscapes of gender, sex, class and nationality.
This programme offers a systematic attempt to address structurally embedded prescriptions concerning gender relations and sexual behaviour that are on a par with other analytical variables such as class, ethnicity, religion, age, or political views.
Gender, Sexuality and Society aim to integrate the social and cultural imperatives that shape gendered identities and sexual relationships into the normal research repertoire of social scientists. Accordingly, you will learn how to incorporate a multidisciplinary and transnational approach. The historical and comparative dimensions emphasized in the majority of the courses train you to analyse and understand issues in society and culture from various perspectives and to place them in their wide-ranging sociological, political, cultural and historical contexts.
This programme is unique as it is incorporated in the social sciences as opposed to the humanities, which is the case for the majority of gender and/or sexuality studies. The combination of empirical research with theoretical reflection provides the student with a solid theoretical, conceptual, and methodological foundation to better understand, analyse and cope with the world’s contemporary problems and complexities related to gender and/or sexuality.
The University of Amsterdam has accumulated an enormous amount of expertise in the field of gender and sexuality, with an internationally focused staff, a well-established network of experts, specialised libraries and archives, and a research centre for gender and sexuality (ARC-GS) with monthly lectures.
The UvA is situated in the city of Amsterdam, a city that has relevant organisations, libraries and archives and many interesting places for people who are interested in the field of gender and sexuality.
We dare you to look in the mirror first before studying the outside world. The intellectual initiative of gender and sexuality studies aims to integrate the social and cultural imperatives that shape gendered identities and sexual desire, behaviour and relationships into the normal research repertoire of social scientists.
The programme provides you with a solid theoretical, conceptual, and methodological foundation for the empirical study of social issues where gender and/or sexuality are explicitly or implicitly at stake.
Focus on research
The UvA has a sophisticated, experienced and internationally oriented teaching staff, a well-established network of experts outside the university, specialised libraries and archives and a student network. Expertise in gender and sexuality studies has been developed since their incipience in the late 1970s. The staff employs an interdisciplinary perspective, having specialisations in women's, gender and gay studies, as well as in sociology, anthropology, history, political science, and philosophy.
This lively and colourful academic community is, above all, based in a city that is famous for its liberal sexual attitudes and boasts many interesting spots for people who are interested in the field of gender and sexuality.
Ambition in research?
For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in Social Sciences.
Gender, Sexuality and Society is a track of the accredited degree programme Sociology. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Sociology and the title Master of Science (MSc).
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Last updated January 30, 2018