The Inter-University Women and Gender Studies Institute (Institut Interuniversitari d'Estudis de Dones i Gènere Ė iiEDG) is an Institute created via a collaboration agreement between different research groups attached to seven Catalan universities. The initiative to create an inter-university institute that would bring together all, or most, of the research groups working on women and gender studies was born in the early 1990s, and its aim was essentially the recognition and institutionalisation of studies on women and gender in the university sphere.
The participation of researchers from very diverse disciplines within the iiEDG favours its inter-disciplinary approach, which is fundamental in gender studies. It has a large team of experts, each with a wealth of teaching experience and an acknowledged track record, and is a pioneer in the development of research projects financed through awards offered on a competitive basis at regional, state and international levels.
The iiEDG was created with the moral and financial support of the Catalan Womenís Institute and the Catalan Governmentís Department of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise. The participating Catalan universities are: University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Girona, UPC-Barcelona Tech, Rovira i Virgili University, University of Vic, University of Lleida.
The Official Masterís Degree in Women, Gender and Citizenship Studies is an interdisciplinary Masterís qualification promoted by the Inter-University Women and Gender Studies Institute (IIEDG) which has an agreement with eight participating Catalan universities: University of Barcelona (coordinator), Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Girona, UPC Barcelona-Tech, Rovira i Virgili University, University of Vic, Universitat of Lleida and Pompeu Fabra University.
1. Gender perspective and sociocultural analysis of discourse and practice in different spheres: artistic, philosophical, historical, legal, medical, etc.
2. Analysis and socio/psycho/economic intervention with a gender focus (development, planning and design) in public policies programmes.
3. Basic research into theories and methodologies that make up the field of gender studies.
4. Application of theoretical and methodological principles with gender perspective to research into social problems such as violence, interculturality, equality, institutional sexism, sexual prejudice, etc.
These general lines are broken down into more specific lines, which are detailed below.
1. Studies of the conceptual network that sustains democratic policies: equality, liberty, otherness, sisterhood, diversity.
2. Justice, recognition: law and gender.
3. Reconstruction of the archaeology of female knowledge and know-how. The neuter temptation in dominant discourses and scientific paradigms.
4. The ages of woman. Childhood, adolescence, maturity and old age. Socio-affective relationships.
5. Maternity, assisted reproduction, bioethics.
6. Politics of desire in literary creation, film and the arts: construction and representation of the body.
7. Gender identities: symbolic constructions of femininity and masculinity.
8. Figures: the mother, the lesbian, the mystic, the prostitute, the ďhysterical womanĒ.
9. Urban community: women as agents for the appropriation and socialisation of space. Urban networks: intercultural dynamics and construction of identities.
10. Violence against women: origin, discourse and practice. Processes of liberation and recovery.
11. Multiculturalism, postcolonialism and neocolonialism.
12. Health, gender and healthcare system. ďFemaleĒ illnesses.
13. Equal opportunities in the workplace, gender-based salary discrimination, womenís representation in levels of responsibility and in technical professions, enterprise start-ups. Employment conditions, flexitime working, reconciling work and private life.
14. Didactics, innovation and co-education in primary and secondary teaching.
15. Didactics and innovation in higher education in technical, humanistic and experimental areas, development of methodologies from a gender perspective, incorporation of new technologies into learning.
16. Gender-sensitive employment, economics and public budgets.
17. Analysis of the rural environment from a gender perspective.
18. Recovery and visibility-raising of important Catalan women from through the ages.
19. Social participation of women, social groups promoting transformation towards non-patriarchal, liberating societies and identities.
20. Womenís History and Gender History
21. Labour history and gender
Ideal student profile
The Master is designed for:
Prior studies from a gender perspective: we will take into account whether the student has completed studies related to this master'sdegree and at what academic level (degree subjects, subject courses on a doctorate, specialised modules on another master'sdegree, full master's degrees related to gendernot validated in Spain, etc).
Professional experience, training in disciplines or fields of knowledge related to the existing specialisations.
Similarity between previous qualifications and the master'sdegree. For this purpose, a list of these qualifications shall be drawn up according to qualification levels and suitability.
Student record for previous studies.
Knowledge of a third language.
Mobility during previous studies.
Cover letter explaining why you want to take the course and what your objectives are.
No work experience is required.
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The Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona was founded in 1968. The founders aimed to establish four principles of autonomy: freedom to select teaching staff, admission available to all students (but with a limited number), freedom to create its own study plans and freedom to administrate the University's capital. It is therefore a young university, but in its short history it has moved forward at a rapid pace.