Gender studies

Gender studies explores power relations, sex- and gender norms, as well as how gender intersects with, for example, sexuality, ethnicity, and class. Expertise in gender studies is needed in many different professions in the business world and the public sector.

Postgraduate Studies

As of 2016, the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University has the right to offer a PhD program in Gender Studies.

Postgraduate Studies

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Education at the Centre for Gender Research

How are people’s lives affected by expectations and norms of gender, sex, sexuality, class, ethnicity, age, and other dimensions of power? How do people “do gender” in everyday life, in the media, in close relations, in politics, or at work?

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field of research that has grown out of feminist and women’s studies of gender and power. Within the field of Gender Studies there are many orientations, such as feminist studies, equality research, masculinity studies, women’s studies, postcolonial studies, queer studies and sexuality studies.

The education in Gender Studies focuses on how sex and gender are socially and culturally constructed, experienced, and understood both locally and globally. One central focal point is the power asymmetries that historically, culturally, and socially have defined women’s and men’s social roles and status. However, Gender Studies also problematizes the conventional binaries of male/female and masculine/feminine, and investigates other identity categories. The subject explores and questions societal norms around, for example, sexuality, queer, ethnicity, racialization, class, age, and functionality. Gender Studies also entails reflecting critically upon concepts such as power, politics, normality, agency, and work.

The first semester of undergraduate study (Genusvetenskap A) offers breadth in terms of current theoretical concerns, and (cross/inter)disciplinary perspectives. The second (Genusvetenskap B) and third (Genusvetenskap C) semesters entail more in-depth study of selected thematic and theoretical perspectives, method and methodology, and academic writing. Our undergraduate program is only offered in Swedish.

The MA level offers courses in English. MA courses are available to students enrolled in programs on the advanced level, as well as to PhD candidates across disciplines.