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Gender Studies (B.A.) (2 subjects)


Gender Studies is concerned with the social category "gender". In society, gender plays a significant role in determining systems of human thinking and knowledge as well as social and cultural forms of organisation. Gender Studies examines, amongst other things, the creation, meaning and relevance of gender on various levels. In order to guarantee this wide range of topics, Gender Studies is organised as an interdisciplinary subject at Göttingen University.

Gender Studies
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects)
Standard period of study:
6 semesters
Only the winter semester
Language of the programme:
restricted admission (application to the University)
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The goal of the subject Gender Studies is to gain insight into the development, importance and effects of the category "gender" in society, culture and the sciences, and to open up to students new job perspectives in several areas of activity. The programme looks at the social category Gender which determines systems of human thinking as well as social and cultural forms of organisation from an interdisciplinary perspective. Basic knowledge of the theories about cultural construction of gender and about the dimensions of the relationship of the sexes (equality, difference, hierarchy) in the past and present is communicated using the views of different subjects and areas. The historical, social and biographical consequences of the respective constructions of gender are examined in order to reach a new understanding of human beings, society, and nature. Students do not take one isolated subject; rather the programme takes the form of an interdisciplinary education. The different subjects (19 subjects from seven faculties) feed their lectures into Gender Studies modules. The subject is organised by the cross-faculty "Gender Studies Work Group" ("Arbeitsgruppe Geschlechterforschung").

  • Theories and methods of Gender Studies
  • Concepts of body and individual
  • Social relations
  • Work, economy and material culture
  • Politics and sociopolitical systems
  • Language, literature, text and visual media, systems of belief and knowledge

In the Master's programme of the social sciences Faculty of Humanities, students have the possibility to take the module package Gender Studies.

There are additional modules which can be independently selected from the courses offered by the participating subjects (14 credits).

Taking Gender Studies modules in the context of the Bachelor's and Master's programmes can lead to a variety of professional and academic areas where Gender Studies and Gender competences are an expedient special qualification:

  • Universities and other educational establishments
  • Public administration (e.g. human resources, gender equality) and private businesses (e.g. management, PR, in-company education) in Germany and abroad
  • Cultural establishments (e.g. museums)
  • Publishers and the media (e.g. book publishing companies, radio and television, online services)
  • International cooperation institutions and organisations
  • Associations (e.g. unions) and parties
  • Sports and healthcare establishments
  • Networks and support groups

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In the two-subject Bachelor's programme, two subjects are studied on equal terms.

A total of 180 credits are earned for the Bachelor's degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

The two subjects each account for 66 credits. The area of professionalisation accounts for 36 credits.

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Winter semester only
1st subject semester:
restricted admission (application to the University)
2nd to 6th subject semester:
open admission (enrolment without previous application)

Citizen from an EU country (including Germany and EEA) or holding a German university entrance qualification

Non-German citizens without a German educational qualification

Citizen from a non-EU country (or stateless person)


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