Master's Degree Programme in Gender Studies

University of Turku

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Gender Studies

University of Turku

http://masters.utu.fi/

Master's Degree Programme in Gender Studies

Get advanced and interdisciplinary training in the field of gender studies!

The Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, combining social sciences and arts and humanities.

You will gain competence on gender policies and politics, and acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, production of power and knowledge. This Programme is a great choice especially for students who wish to pursue a career in research, politics, equal opportunities policies and human rights institutions. Also, organizations in the private and public sector as well as non-governmental organizations and civil society are possible career paths. The Programme is organized in co-operation with the University of Tampere.

PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

Gender_Studies_StructureAcademic excellence & experience The multidisciplinary Master’s degree in gender studies provides you with advanced training in the field of gender studies. The Programme is aimed at both Finnish and international students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans. It is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between social sciences and arts and humanities. You will get to address the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. The curriculum incorporates local, cross-cultural and transnational emphases. It will encourage you to develop innovative, intersectional and interdisciplinary ways of expanding knowledge about gender and sexuality in global, local and historical contexts. The degree engages the wide-ranging and multidisciplinary perspectives associated with gender studies:

  • feminist studies
  • queer studies
  • transgender studies
  • sexuality studies
  • race and ethnicity studies
  • disability studies
  • area and global studies
  • cultural studies
  • postcolonial and transnational studies

The Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies will give you competence on gender policies and politics. You will also acquire the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, and the production of power and knowledge. These competencies include the use of gender as an analytic category and a critical perspective on crucial questions within science, politics, art, and culture, and social issues. Joint programme The scope and extent of this Programme are unique. As a joint degree co-operation of two universities, the University of Turku and the University of Tampere, it combines two special research and teaching profiles of gender studies. This guarantees a wide, interdisciplinary expertise. At the University of Turku, the Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies is organized in the Faculty of Humanities. Students also have the possibility to benefit from many other courses offered by the other programmes within the University. The main research areas are:

  • academic feminism
  • research on effects
  • new materialism
  • trans studies

At the University of Tampere, the Programme is a part of the Global Society framework of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Within this framework, students have the possibility to benefit from many other courses offered by other programmes. In addition, a network of gender researchers organizes regular research seminars. The key research and teaching themes are

  • gender and embodiment
  • gendering practices in changing society
  • the local and global orders of knowledge production on gender, nature, and environment
  • ecological choices in everyday life;
  • lesbian and queer studies
  • new materialism
  • affective inequalities in intimate relationships

Master's thesis & topics In the Master’s thesis the student must prove their ability to do scientific work and manage research methods, knowledge of the research field, and the skill of scientific writing. Examples of thesis topics are:

  • Transforming bodies, wandering desires: intra-actions of gender and sexuality in the non-heterosexual transgender embodiment
  • Feminist Gerontology: A study on the gender of aging women
  • Child’s Play: A gender-aware perspective on nursery school life

CAREER OPTIONS

Competence description Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies will provide you with a high-quality and extensive expertise on issues related to gender, sexuality, gender equality and equal opportunities in society. In the Programme, you learn:

  • to analyze how gender and sexuality organize social structures, cultural practices, human interaction and people’s identities
  • to apply feminist conceptualizations and research approaches
  • to formulate relevant research problems
  • to promote gender equality and human rights in various kinds of jobs and tasks
  • to generate new knowledge and to work for gendered and sexualized equality in society
  • skills for critically examining power relations in connection to marginalized or oppressed groups

You acquire the following practical skills:

  • collecting and using various kinds of research data
  • presenting your analysis textually and orally in a scientific way
  • justifying your analytical choices
  • analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • written and oral communication skills
  • collaborative work skills and organizational skills

Job options This Programme is a great option especially for students who wish to pursue a career in

  • national and international research
  • national and international politics
  • equal opportunities policies
  • human rights institutions and organizations in private and public sectors as well as in non-governmental organizations and civil society
  • arts, writing and media careers

Graduates’ knowledge of power relations and social justice issues prepares them for government and jurisprudence positions. Due to the interdisciplinarity of the Programme, the graduates will be well prepared for a research career. Working life connections are realized by inviting visiting lecturers to the courses, for example, from Finnish, Nordic and European governmental and non-governmental organizations. Students will also be encouraged to complete an internship during the Programme. The internship is optional but can be included in the degree. A career in research You will be closely integrated into on-going research in the area. The Programme provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Degrees can be completed at the University of Turku. UTU_Gender_Studies

GENERAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor’s degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master’s level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to a minimum of three years of full-time study. You must also prove your English language skills when applying. Please visit the website of the programme for more information.

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  • English


Last updated July 17, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2019
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
10,000 EUR
per year. Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries.
Information
Deadline
Jan. 31, 2019
Application period: 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019
Locations
Finland - Turku
Start date : Aug. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 31, 2019
Application period: 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019
End date Request Info
Dates
Aug. 2019
Finland - Turku
Application deadline Jan. 31, 2019
Application period: 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019
End date Request Info