Master’s: Gender Studies
The Master’s programme in Gender Studies aims to build a common foundation of general knowledge on the notion of gender through its classes on history, sociology, anthropology, geography, philosophy, political sciences, literature, media cultures and cultural action.
This sophisticated, multidisciplinary programme of study stems directly from international research on gender studies, particularly anglophone literature, and calls upon university lecturer-researchers from the set of Bordeaux universities who are specialists in the field of gender studies. External participants are invited as chairs or as part of exchange programmes with research laboratories working on excellence initiatives.
The Master’s in Gender Studies is carried out over two years. It is composed of a common core curriculum entitled ‘Gender Studies’ (which encompasses the humanities and social sciences, in relation to current events in French and international research) and a choice between two further subject pathways.
- The research pathway in ‘Mediation, Culture and Languages’ is founded on teaching in French and foreign literatures, philosophy, the media, the arts, history and geography.
- The pathway in ‘Regions, Public Action and Development’ is available only as a work/study continued-development programme, aimed at professionals in the fields of gender equality and the fight against gender discrimination.
‘Mediation, Cultures and Languages’ pathway
The ‘Mediation, Cultures and Languages’ pathway is a sophisticated, multidisciplinary programme of study, which stems directly from international research on gender studies, particularly anglophone literature and which calls upon university lecturers from the set of Bordeaux universities who are specialists in the field of gender studies. External participants are also invited as chairs or as part of exchange programmes with research laboratories working on excellence initiatives.
This pathway comprises one dedicated seminar unit in Semesters 1 and 2, and further seminar units with a focus on ‘Gender’ in Semesters 1, 2 and 3. These are to be chosen from the list of those seminars merged with other Université Bordeaux Montaigne research Master’s programmes.
For the ‘Mediation, Cultures and Languages’ pathway, students are advised to consider a double-specialism, with a second enrolment in the Master’s programme corresponding to their original undergraduate degree.
The Master’s in Gender Studies can then be broken down into the following units:
- Gender and French, Francophone and Foreign Literatures
- Gender and Philosophy
- Gender and the Media
- Gender and the Arts (mixed-media art, theatre, cinema)
- Gender and History
- Gender and Geography.
Students are encouraged to spend time abroad in Semester 3 as part of an exchange programme with one of Université Bordeaux Montaigne’s partner universities.
‘Regions, Public Action and Development’ pathway
Since 2012, Université Bordeaux Montaigne has been working on developing gender studies and the associated course units. The opportunity to pursue many technical and scientific partnerships attests to the interest that has already been shown by public and semi-public stakeholders with regard to the development of projects to promote gender equality and contribute to the fight against discrimination.
In partnership with the University of Bordeaux (Faculty of Law and Political Sciences), Université Bordeaux Montaigne now offers a vocational Master’s programme entitled Regions, Public Action and Development. Students who graduate from this two-year work/study programme will be qualified in the ideation, implementation and management of gender equality policies, and policies to combat sexual harassment, violence against women and discrimination. This is in accordance with the 2014 French act for real equality between men and women, and the related texts and decrees.
The programme devotes considerable time to the intervention of professionals who are currently working on such projects, and includes academic content on these issues and their legal frameworks.