We want to enable our students to initiate and support processes of change in society based on a solid theoretical groundwork in the interdisciplinary field of gender and diversity studies. We train you to handle complex issues such as social inequity and discrimination and their concomitant processes of change in an academically sound, socially committed and responsible manner.
We emphasize advanced knowledge acquisition of the development of theory in the field of gender and diversity. You will learn how to apply gender as an analytical category and critical perspective to key issues in science, history, politics, the media, culture and society. Our programme explicitly links gender studies to the analysis other types of diversity (ethnicity, sexual preference, social class). Doing so enhances our relevance in today’s multicultural society.
We also establish links with practice and the professional field by means of a work placement, among other things. In so doing, we cater to the demand for gender and diversity experts in the policy sector, in education, the business world, the non-profit sector and NGOs.
We are an interuniversity programme, co-organized by Ghent University, KU Leuven, the University of Antwerp and Hasselt University. Ghent University handles the administrative co-ordination of the programme. The programme is mainly Dutch-taught but includes a number of English-taught (elective) course units as well.