The role of women in society has indeed changed throughout the years. More and more avenues are being opened to highlight the importance of women’s economic impact and influence.
Education, more importantly, has played a great contribution to these advancements. Different institutions have been offering degrees focused on women’s and gender studies to put more context in the discussion and to help push forward women’s movement. Gender studies is an interdisciplinary subject that focuses on the complex interaction of gender and sexuality with other areas like society, nation, race, ethnicity, history, cinema or media. In line with this, the role of women, past and present, are being examined through Women’s Studies with the aim of recognizing their contributions and influences.
If you want to pursue a degree in this field, here are some local and international schools offering gender and women’s studies you might want to check-out:
The UP-Open University is one of the few higher education institutions in the country to offer curriculum for women’s studies. UPOU has a Diploma in Women and Development under its Faculty of Management and Development. This program is a combination of theory and application that provides a historical perspective in the study of gender and development towards achieving the full potential of women. It is open for students with a bachelor’s degree, preferably in the field of Social Sciences, from a recognized academic institution.
As one of the leading all-girls school in the Philippines, St. Scholastica’s College is committed to provide education and training towards the empowerment of women. SSC offers the Cognate in Women’s Studies, a certificate program consisting of six (6) subjects and, if desired, the eighteen (18) units can be credited towards a Master of Arts in Humanities, major in Women’s Studies. The course is open for all female and male administrators, faculty, or non-teaching staff or public and private universities and colleges, as well as non-government agencies (NGOs).
The Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) is the specialized center of Miriam College dedicated to conducting research and trainings, and promoting gender equality, women’s rights, and non-sexist learning. It has various activities such as Gender Fair Education and Curriculum Integration, International Women’s Human Rights and Governance Programs, and the Young Women Leadership Program.
Silliman University is one of the pioneering academe-based women’s studies in the country established in 1981. Formerly known as the Center for Women’s Studies and Development (CWSD), the school’s Center for Gender and Development Studies conducts different activities to raise gender-awareness in the community. They also have a Certificate of Women’s Studies designed for Psychology majors and non-Psychology students.
The Department of Women and Development Studies under the College of Social Work and Community Development of UP Diliman aims to provide comprehensive perspective to the study of gender and development in the context of the Philippines. The university provides Master of Arts in Women and Development, advanced training for women, gender advocates, educators, and other interested individuals by conducting activities in the context of feminist and development theories.
Macquarie University is a public institution in Sydney, Australia founded in 1964. It caters to a number of degree courses in various fields such as Arts, Business and Economics, Human Sciences, Health and Medicine, as well as Engineering. Aside from this, Macquarie University also has undergraduate and graduate courses in Gender Studies. For bachelor’s degree, students can choose whether to take a Major in Gender Studies, have course units as an elective, or have it as a double degree. Those who want to pursue postgraduate degrees may take Master of Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
University of Tasmania (UTas) is among the top 300 universities in the world. Having more than 30,000 students from all over the globe, UTas creates a conducive academic environment and vibrant campus life for its students. It has a wide range of course offerings from engineering, natural science, maritime, fine and applied arts, medicine, agriculture, and many more. The university is also offering a number of degree combinations in Gender Studies that students can take under the School of Humanities.
3. SOAS University of London
The SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in University of London is the only higher education institution in Europe specializing in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near, and Middle East. It has more than 5,000 students from 133 countries with more than 50% of the population who are from outside the UK. Its Center for Gender Studies has course offerings that focus on the study of gender in relation to Asian, African and Middle Eastern cultures.
The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest university in Finland that covers the widest range of disciplines. The institution has a doctoral program in Gender, Culture, and Society, a multidisciplinary course under the supervision of the school’s Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies. The University of Helsinki ranks 110 in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings.
5. Kent State University
Located in Ohio, USA, Kent State University’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality has two minor programs: LGBTQ Studies (include subjects like Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies, LGBTQ Research Methods, and LGBTQ Representations in Popular Culture) and Women’s Studies that offer flexible courses such as Colloquium in Women’s Studies, Feminist Theory, and Women’s Rights and Contemporary Issues.
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