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The master’s programme in Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change prepares students to act as agents for change, i.e. Read more
The master’s programme in Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change prepares students to act as agents for change, i.e. to actively change, develop and challenge existing norms and structures in academic careers in higher education, as well as in national and international organisations, media, communication or politics.

The programme focuses on intersectional gender, i.e. gender in interplay with other social categorizations and power differentials such as ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, age, (dis)ability etc. The programme will give you the opportunity to explore how processes of social and cultural change can be initiated or sustained by integrating a critical understanding of intersectional gender, by counteracting multiple inequalities and processes of discrimination, and by other kinds of transformative work.

The aim is to provide students with knowledge of theories and methodologies in Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, and to enable them to develop academic skills to analyse and to intervene innovatively and professionally in gendered and intersectional processes of transformation in society.

The programme builds on international research traditions. It is linked to the excellent and internationally renowned milieu for intersectional gender research at the Unit of Gender Studies, Linköping University. This is one of the largest interdisciplinary research and teaching units for Intersectional Gender Studies in the Nordic countries with a staff of more than 30 researchers, including four full professors and many PhD students.

The programme is innovative in its cutting edge approach to intersectional gender research and teaching, as well as in its strong focus on professional development and career paths. It combines online distance education with intensive on-campus seminars. The programme is also offered to the students as a campus-based education. More traditional pedagogical formats are mixed with those that focus on written and spoken performances which challenge traditional boundaries between academic and creative writing, speaking and intervening.

The programme is designed for both Swedish and international students with a bachelor’s degree in humanities or social sciences. Students attending the programme have different educational or professional backgrounds.

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This course explores how processes of globalisation and internationalisation affect people's lives across the world. You will examine the processes in the global South as well as the global North and will develop your knowledge of perspectives on social movements, gender, ethnic and class divisions and analysis. Read more
This course explores how processes of globalisation and internationalisation affect people's lives across the world. You will examine the processes in the global South as well as the global North and will develop your knowledge of perspectives on social movements, gender, ethnic and class divisions and analysis. This will be supported by a thorough grounding in social science research methods and ways of interpreting data and change.

Placement options

There are no formal placements offered, but dissertations can relate to relevant work experience, volunteering or internships.

About the Course

Throughout the course you will explore sociological debates and the impacts of large scale processes in the economy, society and politics as well as social divisions, inequality, intersectionality and globalisation. There will also be an opportunity to explore how identities and divisions are created through media culture and consumption and how these processes combine and intersect in practice. The course culminates in a dissertation which will take the form of self-directed research (although undertaken with supervision) related to your own area of interest in international issues.

Assessment details

You will be assessed through a series of focused essays, a portfolio and research proposal and a self-directed, research-based dissertation.

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The Gender Without Borders MA is an interdisciplinary masters, taught across three core subjects, English, philosophy and sociology, while also allowing you to take options in other disciplines, according to your interests. Read more
The Gender Without Borders MA is an interdisciplinary masters, taught across three core subjects, English, philosophy and sociology, while also allowing you to take options in other disciplines, according to your interests. It explores gender as it intersects with race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and disability. The course is taught in a seminar style that is student led by a team of experts that combines international reputations with dynamic, research-led teaching.

This course considers gender across disciplinary borders in a self-consciously transdisciplinary way, interrogating assumptions of both the humanities and social sciences. Its focus is not exclusively on women, but it conceives of gender in a fluid way, across the borders of the traditional divide between genders, by taking transgender seriously. It also incorporates transnational perspectives, reflecting upon the invisible whiteness that is normatively stipulated by discourses that present themselves as neutral with regard to race, while in fact privileging Eurocentric and post-colonial biases.

Two fully funded scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

What will you study?

The course is designed to allow you to reflect critically upon a range of intersecting differences, race, gender, class, sexuality, and disability in such a way as to resist the scripts of white, heteronormative, ableist privilege that tend to invisibly structure discourse unless a concerted effort is made not to allow default social scripts to circulate unchallenged.

The central and organising question of the two core modules is how different sites of privilege, discrimination and marginalisation intersect with one another, and whether and how the discourse of intersectionality adequately theorises the way in which divergent aspects of identity relate to one another. You will engage with texts and debates in a rigorous, critical and transdisciplinary manner, interrogating the relation between theory and practice in creative ways. You will develop the skills necessary to be able to conduct sustained, independent and original research. You will also have the opportunity to pursue you own disciplinary interests by pursuing optional modules in a range of disciplines.

Assessment

Coursework and dissertation.

Course structure
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Advanced Interdisciplinary Critical Skills
-Gender Without Borders Dissertation
-Interrogating Intersectional Differences: Gender, Race, Sexuality, Class

Optional modules
-Diffractive Creativities, Transversal Practices
-Gender and Sexuality
-Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema
-Gender, Race and Class
-Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

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On the MA International Politics, you will learn from world-leading academics who are pushing the boundaries of the discipline to develop fresh perspectives and ideas. Read more
On the MA International Politics, you will learn from world-leading academics who are pushing the boundaries of the discipline to develop fresh perspectives and ideas. The MA in International Politics consolidates International Relations and Security Studies in masters programme. The core themes covered in this programme are:
• International Relations
• Global politics
• Security studies
• Sociological IR
• Critical non-western and feminist perspectives

As well as deepening your understanding of mainstream approaches, you will be exposed to important new analytical insights such as sociological understandings of international relations, critical security studies, non-Western international relations, and intersectionality.

You will critically engage with the discipline to consider both the formal and informal power relationships within world politics, an awareness of the importance of cultural and social practices, and an ability to question some of the assumptions that have traditionally defined the discipline to the exclusion of important issues such as gender, race and class. As well as focusing on critical theoretical debates, students on the MA in International Politics will also explore the real world in all its complexity, and you will be able to choose from innovative modules that examine the most urgent issues in world politics.

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