Gender studies (B.A.) (2-subjects)
Description of the degree programme
The German language degree programme in gender studies is primarily concerned with inter-disciplinary perspectives belonging to the social categories of gender, human thought and knowledge systems, determined likewise, as social and cultural forms of organization. Basic knowledge about the cultural structures of gender, and about gender relationships - equality, differences and hierarchy - in historical times and in the present are imparted from the perspectives of different subjects and disciplines. The historical, social and biographical impact of the respective structures of gender is studied in order to achieve a deeper understanding of humanity, society and nature.
The interdisciplinary structure of the subject enables you to link perspectives and methods of several disciplines with each other, across and beyond the narrow confines of individual subjects, and to obtain a critically reflexive overview of the traditional sciences. The emphasis is on deciphering and researching the usually invisible and mute strands that interweave one discipline with another. At present, gender studies include subjects from seven faculties:
Agricultural Science • Egyptology • Ancient Oriental Studies • English Studies • Ethics and History of Medicine • Ethnology • German studies • History • Classical Archaeology • Cultural Anthropology / European Ethnology • Art History • Psychology • Educational Studies • Political Science • Romance Studies • Sociology • Sport Science • Theology / Religious Studies • Economics.
The subject is supported by the inter-faculty "Working Group on Gender Studies" (AG).
The main content focuses on
The degree programme in gender studies at Göttingen focuses on the following key elements:
• Theories and methods of gender research
• Concepts of body and self
• Social relationships
• Work, economy and material culture
• Politics and socio-political systems
• Language, literature, text and image media, faith and knowledge systems
Degree programme structure
Second, equally ranked subject
In the two-subject bachelor's degree programme, the subject Gender Studies is combined with a second, equally ranked subject that can be selected from a wide range of subjects offered by the various faculties. You can access a current overview if you go to “Study programmes from A to Z” and on the right dropdown menu “All degrees”, select “Bachelor (two subjects)”.
Area of professionalization
The area of professionalisation consists of the optional area and the key competencies.
Beyond the subject-specific skills, the bachelor's degree programme also imparts competencies for the successful entry into a career (profession-orientated profile) or for admission to a master's degree programme (academically oriented profile).
Area of key competencies
After completing your studies, you will face high professional standards as a graduate in working life. Alongside sound knowledge in their scientific or academic field, university graduates should possess cross-disciplinary qualifications relating to their chosen profession (key competencies): These key competencies form the cornerstone of a goal-oriented curriculum and lay the foundation for sustainable success in a working career.
Students can acquire key competences through internships, by taking meaningful, additionally qualifying courses adapted to their individual education profile or by directly engaging in professionally relevant coursework.
The key competencies can be selected from the catalogue of the faculty of social sciences and the module handbook of the University of Göttingen.
The selection of modules of gender studies in the context of the bachelor's degree programme provides an introduction to various professional and scientific fields where gender research and gender competencies represent a meaningful specialised qualification. These include:
• Human resources as well as promotion of women and gender mainstreaming in public and private institutions and organisations of national and international scope
• Public relations work with organisations,
• Employment at publishing houses, media companies
• Out-of-school educational work
• Work at art history museums, in the fields of cultural policy and cultural exchange
• Employment in the sports and healthcare sectors
• Consulting work.
Further notes on the degree programme
Admission: Admission to the bachelor's degree programme in gender studies is limited.