Gender Studies at Utrecht University

When you attend Utrecht University, the bachelor phase of your education consists of a major with a maximum of 135 ECTS points (2 1/4 years). A minor, consisting of at least 45 ECTS points (3/4 year), can be chosen freely by selecting courses from Utrecht University and beyond.
 
A minor offers the chance to learn about feminist movements as social and cultural movements both contemporary and historical, about the impact of gender and ethnicity (both in the Netherlands, and in a European and global perspective) and about the way gender, ethnicity, and sexuality are constructed in popular culture, in art and literature, in new media and in cyberspace. Students learn about the basic concepts used in research about gender and ethnicity.
For an updated overview of the courses visit the Cursuskrant.
 
After your Bachelor or Master there are several possibilities for scholarships. You can download the document 'Scholarships for Talented Students' here.
 
The courses available within the Gender Studies context are organized around three thematic streams. A student doing a Major, Minor or a Master's can focus on and follow courses within one such stream and hence specialize within Gender Studies.
Read more about the three streams of Gender Studies at Utrecht University.  

Internationals

For general information on MA-programs at UU, see www.uu.nl/internationalmasters. Utrecht University offers an MA program in Gender and Ethnicity (two years, highly selective, scholarly research-oriented) and a one year MA Comparative Women's Studies (one year, directed at professional career in women's organisations). Both are taught in English. For fellowships you can either try the website of Utrecht University or the NUFFIC.
 
Dutch students can study abroad for one or two semesters, depending on their programme. You can check with International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (Drift 13) at which university you can follow Gender Studies courses. For more information on registration procedures, the ERASMUS scholarship and the study programmes of partner universities, see International Office.

  

Thematic streams within the courses of Gender Studies

GENDER, TECHNOSCIENCE & VISUAL MEDIA
This stream taps into feminist scholarship of science and technology, visual culture and new media. Electable courses within this stream are: 
  • New Media, New Citizenship (block 2) 
  • Technobodies in Cyberspace (block 3) 
  • Body Zones: Contested zones of body politics in the visual cultures of science, feminist thought and popular media (block 4) 
 Moreover, this stream runs as a minor theme also in courses like: 
  • Introduction to Women's Studies (block 1, 3 and 4:online) 
  • Historiography of Feminist Ideas (block 2) 
  • Feminist Theory/Feminist Toolbox (block 3) 
  • New Feminist Perspectives in a Globalized Context (block 4) 
  • ... and it is often a re-visited theme of the NOISE SUMMERSCHOOL. 
GENDER, CULTURE AND POSTCOLONIAL CRITIQUE 
This stream analyses the political and cultural representations and feminist practices of colonial and postcolonial realities. In doing so it addresses issues of language, memory and desire. Electable courses within this stream are: 
  • Politics of Representation (blok 2) 
  • Women's Representation of Eros and Pathos (blok 3) 
  • Gender, Trauma and Memory (Blok 4) 
 Moreover, this stream runs as a minor theme also in courses like: 
  • Introduction to Women's Studies (block 1, 3 and 4: online)  
  • Postcolonial Europe (blok 1)
  • Transition in Post-Apartheid South-Africa (blok 2)
  • Issues in Postcoloniality (blok 3)
  • Gender and Ethnicity in Europe (blok 3)
  • Technobodies in Cyberspace (block 3) 
  • Bodyzones: Contested zones of body politics in the visual cultures of science, feminist thought and popular media(block 4) 
  • ... and it is often a re-visited theme of the NOISE SUMMERSCHOOL
GENDER AND REPRESENTATION IN SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PRACTICES
This stream analyses gendered approaches to literary and social artefacts and policy implications. In doing so it addresses issues of language, memory, desire, the 'cultural logic' of organizational cultures, from colonial to postcolonial settings. Electable courses within this stream are:
  • Historiography of Feminist Ideas (block 2) 
  • Politics of Representation (blok 2) 
  • Gender and Ethnicity in Europe (blok 3)
  • Women's Representation of Eros and Pathos (blok 3) 
  • Gender, Trauma and Memory (Blok 4) 
  • New Feminist Perspectives in a Globalized Context (block 4) 
Moreover, this stream runs as a minor theme also in courses like: 
  • Introduction to Women's Studies (block 1, 3 and 4: online)  
  • Bodyzones: Contested zones of body politics in the visual cultures of science, feminist thought and popular media (block 4) 
  • ... ... and of course it is also an often re-visited theme of the NOISE SUMMERSCHOOL