Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, 120 credits

The programme focusses on intersectional gender, i.e. gender and its interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials such as ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, age, and (dis)ability.

Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Master´s Programme

Autumn 2017, Full time 100%, Linköping

The programme is offered as a one‑year option, 60 credits, or a two-year option, 120 credits. This is a full-time programme that gives you the opportunity to explore how processes of social and cultural change can be initiated or sustained by integrating a critical understanding of intersectional gender, by counteracting multiple inequalities and processes of discrimination and by other kinds of transformative work. You will learn how to actively change, develop and challenge existing norms and structures.

Students taking the programme usually have a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, for example in sociology, teaching, psychology, political science, and business administration. The programme provides you with knowledge of theories and methodologies in gender studies – intersectionality and change, and enables you to develop the academic skills needed to analyse and to intervene innovatively and professionally in gendered and intersectional processes of transformation in society. A key ambition is to offer opportunities to reflect on and develop an understanding of the links between activism, theory, professional development and career paths.

Online and on-campus gatherings

The programme combines online distance education with intensive mandatory on-campus gatherings. You will interact with your teachers and fellow programme members via in a digital classroom. Three mandatory on-campus weeks will be held each year, the first one at the start of the programme. The courses consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, supervisions and course assignments, both in the on‑campus classroom and online. In addition to this, you are expected to engage in independent studies. The forms of instruction, which are based primarily on the use of the internet, place greater demands on your own activity than a purely campus-based programme.

Learning environment

The teachers draw on their own research in their teaching, for example on cultural practices and representations, methodological intersectional interventions, knowledge production, postcolonial feminisms, equality work, masculinities, and sexualities. We mix traditional teaching formats with formats that are not found in the conventional academic toolbox. We encourage, for example, written and spoken performances that challenge traditional boundaries between academic and creative writing, speaking and intervening. We encourage you to draw on your own experiences and to contribute to developing the content of seminars. We give you the opportunity to work in tutorial groups; i.e. students are divided into smaller groups that discuss various topics with a tutor. We want you to write reflection journals during some of the courses.

To give you the latest update on current research, we invite you to take part in our seminars at the Unit for Gender Studies, an excellent and internationally renowned milieu for intersectional gender research. This is one of the largest interdisciplinary research and teaching units for intersectional gender studies in the Nordic countries with a staff of more than 30 researchers, including four full professors and many PhD students.

Stories from the programme

Sacha Bogaers blog


Sacha Boagers

Hello everybody! 
My name is Sacha, I am from the Netherlands and I recently came to Linköping to study gender studies. 
I am looking forward to sharing my experiences in Linköping and Sweden. I hope that living here will give me the opportunity to see more of this beautiful country! 

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Career opportunities

As a graduate of the master’s programme in Gender Studies – Intersectionality and Change you will be prepared for a career in higher education and research as well as professional work with intersectional gender in organisations, media, communication and politics. This programme can also develop your current career through further training within gender work.

Some examples of jobs of some of our alumni:

  • Tess Consoli, PhD student, University of Massachusetts, Boston,  School for Global Inclusion and Social Development.
  • Saad Khan, Staff Researcher, Institute of Educational Development, Brac University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.