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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Zentrum für Transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien

About the MA Program in Gender Studies

The gender studies Master of Arts program consists of 120 credits, taken over four semesters. MA courses are transdisciplinary, centered on individual projects and problems. Our program of study offers students the opportunity to explore gender theory and application across twenty-one different subjects.

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The gender studies MA program provides an in-depth understanding of the complexity of gender as an analytical category. The program takes gender as a lens through which we examine transformations of social constructions throughout history, the ways in which those constructions are transmitted, as well as their impact on a variety of topic areas. To accomplish this, the program relies on analytical methods and approaches from a wide variety of disciplines. The MA program strives to impart its students with a knowledge of gender relations within various historical, cultural and situational contexts. We further illuminate these contexts by examining the interdependent connection between gender and race, class, sexuality and age.

Transdisciplinarity is the theoretical reflection undertaken by members of a variety of academic disciplines who express interest in gender, which transcends the constraints of any single discipline. It is applied in the examination of the forms and impacts of “norming,” of the roll of transmission and representation in cultural practices, of the process of transforming social structures, and the possibility for critical intervention in cognitive systems.

Students acquire the skills they need to conduct scholarly work independently and in project teams. By focusing in the modules on the application of specific skill sets relevant to various fields of research, students develop competence as researchers.

Program Structure

The MA program consists of nine Modules and 120 credits. Modules 1 and 2 develop foundations in gender studies:

  • Module 1: Interdependence. Students explore the connection between gender and other categories, such as race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, ideology, dis/ability and age.
  • Module 2: Knowledge. Students investigate the relationship between science and gender by examining the methods, theories, content and application of normative knowledge production.

After Module 2, students complete three of the following four Modules according to their personal field of interest, or research orientation.

  • Module 3: Norming. Students study the function of gender and other interdependent categories in relation to social norms, ethics, codings and laws of nature.
  • Module 4: Transmission. Students analyze symbolic gender systems, gender-related conditions, dynamics of gender relations, modes of cultural production and reception, as well as medical techniques.
  • Module 5: Transformations. Students connect social processes (for example, the change within institutions and organizations) with change in systems of gender.
  • Module 6: Interventions. Students reflect on the application of academic work to change modern institutions, behaviors and routines in selected fields of practice.

Students are then required to complete Modules 7 and 8:

  • Module 7: Project Study. Students develop research skills.
  • Module 8: Free Choice. Students have free range to pursue subjects of their interest.

Further information is available at our Academic Advising Office.