Information of Gender Studies

Gender Studies at the University of Lapland concentrate particularly on education and on social phenomena and cultural meanings from the gender perspective. The different fields of research are united by feminist theories of knowledge and theoretical discussions on gender.

At the University of Lapland, women's and gender studies have been taught and feminist research has been carried out in cooperation with other subjects since 1989. The Unit for Women's Studies was established in 2005. The name of the Unit changed to Unit for Gender Studies in 2010.

The courses in Gender Studies are open to all students at the University. Students can have Gender Studies as a secondary subject (25 or 60 ECTS) and also carry out advanced special studies. Several courses (25 altogether) are available in English.

The courses are organised as lectures, group discussions, seminars, web-based studies, and literature-based essays and examinations. Distance learning and network-based courses are coordinated by Hilma, the Finnish University Network for Gender Studies. The varying forms of studying allow for flexible studies in Lapland where distances are huge.


Master’s Degree Programme

The multidisciplinary Master’s Degree Programme in Gender Studies (120 ECTS) can be carried out in two years. It is taught in Finnish. The Programme offers students scientific abilities to manage theoretical, philosophical, and methodological issues in feminist research. The students acquire professional competence to develop gender equality in the working life, organisations, and in different areas of culture.