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MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities

Course Description

About the MSc programme

This programme uses contemporary gender theory to investigate social policy, planning and practice in an international and comparative context and to examine gender and social policy with an emphasis on the issues facing either less economically developed or European countries.

The programme is intended for graduates with an upper second class honours degree in the social sciences, or relevant humanities discipline.

This interdisciplinary MSc provides advanced study in the application of gender theory to social policy, planning and practice. It aims to give students a grounded understanding of the concepts and theories relevant to a gender analysis of social policy in a global and comparative context. The teaching will focus on stimulating independent thought on gender and gendered inequalities.

Programme details

All students follow three half unit compulsory courses. The first compulsory course, Gender Theories in the Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Approach, provides a foundation in gender theory. For the second compulsory course students can choose between Gender and Social Policy: Theory and Practice or Gender Population and Policy. Students then choose one out of three policy-focused half units with either a European policy perspective or critical development studies perspective. In addition to these compulsory course requirements, students must complete another one and a half units of taught courses. Students can choose from a range of optional courses across the School, but no more than one full unit of these can be taken outside of the Gender Institute. Finally, students must also complete a 10,000 word dissertation on an approved topic. The dissertation should reflect learning from both the social policy and gender components of the MSc.

A series of dissertation workshops are held during the academic year and are compulsory. The Gender Institute holds a number of research seminars throughout the academic year. These seminars, which are delivered by eminent scholars both from within and outside the LSE community, provide opportunities for students to extend and consolidate issues raised in courses.

All students on the programme will have an academic adviser who will be allocated upon arrival. Dissertation supervision is allocated in the Lent term.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Gender Theories in the Modern World: An Interdisciplinary Approach* enables students to become familiar with the fullest range of gender theories with particular attention to the intersections of gender, sexuality and race.
Either Gender and Social Policy: Theory and Practice* looks at the importance of gender in explaining the structure and development of social policy and the use of gender in analysing inequalities that arise in access to and outcomes of social policies or Gender, Population, and Policy* examines the complete inter-relationship between population issues and policy.
Either Gender and European Welfare States* analyses the different ways in which gender is incorporated into national welfare states and the impact this has on particular national structures of gender inequalities or Gender and Development: Geographical Perspectives* provides an analysis of gender roles, relations and inequalities in developing world regions or Globalisation, Gender and Development: Theorising Policy and Practice* provides students with a thorough knowledge of theoretical and policy debates in the field of gender and development at local, national and international levels in an era of rapid globalisation.
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one and a half units from a wide range of options offered within the Gender Institute and across the school.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

Graduate destinations

The interdisciplinary nature of gender studies means that graduates are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be applied in a variety of professional and academic settings. Our graduates are equipped with critical and analytic skills that are highly valued by a number of employers, including: government departments, international institutions (including the EU and World Bank), the media and publishing, charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private consultancy firms, education and research. Many of our graduates continue to study for PhDs and go on to work in academia.

Visit the MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in social science or relevant humanities discipline; English standard level.

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