The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

MA in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

The MA Program in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies serves as a concrete embodiment of one of LAU’s values, namely promoting gender equality and inclusiveness. The program focuses on gender, the socially-constructed understandings of what it means to be female or male, and how understandings of gender affects people across all social categories. This program is built on a foundation of equality, human rights, and social justice. As such, it is inclusive in nature and combines both academic rigor and social activism. By scrutinizing the power differential between females and males, students begin to understand the intersection of other inequalities.

The interdisciplinary MA degree addresses both academic and practical applications of a focus on gender issues, with a view to filling an identified need in the job market. The degree guarantees a high level of academic freedom and integrates gender, along with several themes and concepts that are crucial to understanding gender inequality in the Arab world, such as education, sexuality, health, political representation, economic participation, and so on. Graduates of this program can pursue careers in governmental organizations and ministries as well as national, regional, and international agencies focusing on gender across a broad range of sectors. 

Curriculum

A total of 30 credits are required to graduate, distributed as follows: 

A thesis is required for all students in addition to successful completion of the course of study. 

Core Requirements (18 credits)

Number Course Cr.
IGS725 Gender and Public Policy 3
IGS730 Theories of Gender and Global Feminism 3
IGS732 Arab and Islamic Feminism 3
IGS760 Methods of Inquiry in Interdisciplinary Contexts 3
IGS780 Active Learning and Research (internship in a local, regional, or international NGO working on gender issues in Lebanon or a country of their choice 6

Elective Courses (12 credits) 

Number Course Cr.
ECO880E Special Topics in Economics: Economics of Gender 3
EDU748A Topics in Education: Gender Rights: A Focus on Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Economic Empowerment 3
EDU748B Topics in Education: Gender and Education 3
FIN880E Special Topics in Finance: Women Entrepreneurs 3
IGS744 Topics in Women & Gender Studies 3
IGS744A Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance 3
IGS744B Gender and Citizenship: An Incomplete Status for Arab Women 3
IGS744C Crimes of Honor 3
IGS744D GBV Prevention and Response: A Case Management Perspective 3
INA813P Topics in International Relations: Gender and Comparative Revolutions 3
INA814 Topics in Middle East Politics 3
MIG715 Gender and Migration 3
MIG780 Topics in Migration Studies 3

 


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