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prepared by the specialists in the Athena Network. The respondents were asked to indicate importance (rate) and relative importance (rank) of the competencies, and to indicate the ‘achieved implementation’ of the competencies in existing programmes. The questionnaires were accessible on line and could have been answered from February 2009 till the end of June 2009. The results of this unprecedented enquiry among the whole field of Gender Studies in Europe were satisfactory. 402 questionnaires were received in total (270 for generic competences and 132 for subject specific competences). They were answered by 144 academics, 5 employers, 147 students, 81 graduates and 25 by those active in a women’s centres/ group/organization. The number of answers received was satisfactory, with the exception of the group of employers. They were similar to the performance of the different subject areas such as: Business Administration, Chemistry, Earth Sciences (Geology), Education Sciences, European Studies, History, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, and Occupational Therapy that used the Tuning methodology. The statistical analysis of the results was conducted by the University of Deusto, Spain. It is important to mention that the diversity of the fifth group (women active in women’s organizations and institutions devoted to gender equality) indicates a crucial aspect of academic Gender Studies, namely the strong connection with different forms of civic involvement. Many of these people hire or employ employees who have received gender training, but since they are active in non-profit organizations, they do not consider themselves employers in Gender Studies. This may explain why few questionnaires were sent in under the heading ‘employers’. One of the conclusions may be that the field of Gender Studies does not relate exclusively or predominately to employment, but more to usefulness in civil society in general. What Gender Studies has in common with the humanities, i.e. history, and many social sciences is that even its specific competences are extremely useful in a wide range of expert jobs on an academic level. Just as historians may end up in a wide range of jobs, those trained in Gender Studies often find employment in different parts of the labour market. Before this brochure discusses, in Part 3.5 and 3.6, the results of this consultation of the field, the degree profiles and occupations of Gender Studies graduates will be presented. Part 3.1 provides an overview of available degree profiles and Part 3.2 addresses the role of Gender Studies in other degree programmes. Part 3.3 discusses workload and ECTS and Part 3.4 provides an overview of employment opportunities 45

Gender Studies Tuning Brochure  

Tuning Educational Structures in Europe The name Tuning was chosen for the project to refl ect the idea that universities do not look for u...

Gender Studies Tuning Brochure  

Tuning Educational Structures in Europe The name Tuning was chosen for the project to refl ect the idea that universities do not look for u...

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