"A unique intellectual exchange"
What is the most enjoyable part about teaching?
Teaching is a privilege! It is such a joy to get to spend time with people who are interested in issues of gender and social justice, and who are willing to read and think and apply themselves in different ways in order to fight for social justice. I learn so much from our students, from their experiences, analyses and reactions to the texts we read and the things we discuss. Especially at the masters level, teaching really is more about starting a conversation or setting up a theoretical or analytical framework and then enticing students to engage in the texts or issues that we are talking about so that they can create an intellectual space where we are all able to expand knowledge in different ways. I can think of few things that are as exciting or important.
What’s unique about this programme?
This program offers students the opportunity to receive a degree within their social science major with a specific focus on gender issues. A unique aspect of this program is the trans-disciplinarity among students and faculty. I would argue that this creates a special intellectual exchange - theoretical, methodological, thematical. Faculty members are gender specialists from all of social sciences, meaning that students get to enjoy lectures, seminars and discussions with teachers who employ a gender or feminist perspective on different types of data and from different academic traditions, fields and subjects; sociology, political science, geography, history, etc. The program works closely with Global Studies and Development studies, which creates possibilities for interaction between these fields. In addition, Lund University is recognized as an international leader in the field of gender research and the strong tradition of equality work in Sweden provides a productive support for gender research.
What do you learn?
In the Social Studies of Gender Master's programme, students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of gender and society. They will develop their ability to critically use the central theoretical perspectives in the field, and to analyze social processes and social inequalities. Focus in this programme is upon complex analyses of gender, class, sexualites and ethnicity in a global perspective. Current international areas of gender research and feminist debates are addressed including masculinities studies, postcolonial feminist theory, gay and lesbian/queer studies.
Most importantly, the master’s student has the opportunity to develop their expertise through doing their own research for the masters thesis.
What kind of career is possible after pursuing this programme?
Many of our students find jobs after graduation. We have students who pursue careers in public and private organizations; NGO: s, academia, and in social entrepreneurship. We believe that this program builds a solid foundation for students who wish to work for social justice from a range of platforms.