Gender and Diversity, B.A.
Globalisation is a highly influential force that is not only increasing the interrelatedness between nation states, but also redefining organisations, institutions and individuals’ everyday lives. In professional contexts, this manifests itself in higher mobility requirements for employees. In fact, mobility and intercultural experience are becoming must-have strategies for professional careers. Societies themselves are changing, too, as they find themselves increasingly characterised by their levels of diversity and heterogeneous ways of living.
This raises the question for social, political and economic actors of how they can best deal with growing diversity and the challenges it brings. The Gender and Diversity bachelor’s programme delves into questions related to these developments by examining the processes behind these new trends. As a student, you’ll acquire the fundamental knowledge and methods needed for their analysis. Moreover, you’ll obtain profound theoretical and practical knowledge of the instruments of equal opportunities and diversity management, as well as acquire specific competencies that are crucial for tackling the emerging challenges facing organisations, institutions and companies. This requires prolonged study and a profound understanding of the key concepts of ‘gender’ and ‘diversity’.
Gender – the construction of gender and gender relations – is a central mechanism for the production and reproduction of social realities. This is significant for various societal contexts. Diversity refers to different forms of living together and, beyond that, to belonging to different social groups, whether based on age, biological sex, citizenship, heritage, religion, sexuality, colour of skin or disability.
The Gender and Diversity B.A. programme has an explicit practical orientation and qualifies graduates for employment in the following areas:
- Gender equality, promotion of women, anti-violence training
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual equality (LGBTI work)
- Integration and participation of immigrants, work with ethnic minorities, anti-racism activities
- Disability and social inclusion, work with people with disabilities
- Child and adult education
- HR management / HR development
- Diversity management
- Further education and work in media and public relations (PR) fields focusing on gender and diversity issues
Opportunities for employment can be found in public and private organisations, educational institutions, NGOs and development agencies, trade unions, non-profit organisations, political parties, research institutions (particularly with a focus on applied empirical research), consulting firms or community services.
This programme is taught in English, and with its strong international focus, graduates are able to tackle local and global issues of equal opportunity, which enables them to pursue the career paths above both internationally as well as in Germany. This programme also qualifies graduates for continued studies in a master’s programme in Germany or abroad.
The standard period of study for this degree programme is seven semesters. Over this period of time, you’ll gain profound knowledge of scientific-theoretical approaches which can be used to analyse problems and latent potential in the areas of Gender and Diversity, while also developing appropriate plans for action.
In the first three semesters, you’ll focus primarily on building a strong theoretical foundation. Semesters four and five are then used to consolidate and strengthen this foundation, while expanding your expertise through elective modules. Your choice of electives allows you to set your focus according to your own strengths and interests, and adds a defining touch to your studies.
The sixth semester is reserved for a semester-long internship or a semester abroad at a foreign university, while the seventh semester is dedicated to not only writing your bachelor’s thesis, but also preparing you for it and assisting you along the way with block courses. As always, we greatly encourage students to connect theory to practice by writing their thesis in cooperation with an institution or an enterprise from the private sector. The final degree requirement is the scientific colloquium, in which you’ll present and discuss your thesis.
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Current information about the application process can be found on the page Application and Admission.
Contact address for your questions related to the application process, the programm requirements and the enrolment:
Contact information for your questions related to the organization of the degree programme, the course guidance and the counselling service:
Head of Degree Programme:
Professor Dr. Ingrid Jungwirth
Professor of Social Sciences with a focus on Diversity and Inclusion
Office hours in the lecture free period:
- to be announced
Tutorial and Mentoring for students
The tutorial in the Summer Semester 2019 is addressing students in the 2nd semester and accompanies the lectures GD_9 Social Structure and Social Inequality and GD_12 Gender Theories. Depending on the field of interest and the specific support needed, the tutorial will be conducted in a problem-oriented manner. By reading and discussing the selected texts students will increase their ability to work with academic literature. The aim is to learn how to deal with the content of the respective lectures and to become confident in academic writing, so that the final exams and term paper will reveal satisfying results.
Time and Location will be annouced soon
For more information please contact Ms. Rutu Gole.
Mentoring for students
The mentoring for students of Gender and Diversity, B.A. in the winter semester 2018/ 2019 will take place on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. till 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in room 09 01 019. Any changes in the room will be announced via Moodle.
It offers students the opportunity to exchange and discuss open questions and individual problems with a student from a higher semester of Gender and Diversity. This will be happening in a confidential manner under the guarantee that none of the discussed topics is shared with a third person.
For more information please contact Ms. Samusch.