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case in Denmark). (Lykke, Lundberg 2005) The completion of a thesis is followed by the examination and/or defense of the thesis. The doctoral research takes three to four years on average. The content of Gender Studies courses offered in the first, second and third cycles, varies among universities on both the European and national level. Despite those variations programmes generally address the following: feminist history; feminist theory and methodology; feminist literature and philosophy; gender and representation; sexuality and body; race and ethnicity; development of new technologies and their impact on women; women’s health; gender, welfare state and globalization. (Griffin 2002, 22) (http://www.iso.uni.lodz.pl), (http://www. ugr.es/~gemma/) Gender Studies training is unique when compared to other kinds of academic training. This is because of “(…) the close connection between the content training and the students’ own (earlier) experiences; innovative teaching methods focusing on team-work, learning by doing together – i.e. the collective group experience – and a women-friendly atmosphere; openness towards new modes of thinking, and an unorthodox relation to mainstream education.” (Silius 2005, 117)

3.2. Role of Gender Studies in Other Degree Programmes Single and separate Gender Studies courses/modules are offered by a large number of universities, Gender research centres and/or forums and may be chosen by students following other degree programmes (i.e. Portugal, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark, Finland, Spain, France). (Coimbra Vieira 2009) (Novikova 2005) (Kurvet-Kaosaar 2005) (Marcinkeviciene 2005) (Gomard 2005) (Saarikangas 2005) (Casado Aparicio 2002) (LeFeuvre, 2000) Such training need not be followed by a degree in Gender Studies per se, but they contribute to the expertise in Gender Studies in those degrees. Gender Studies courses have also been explicitly integrated into the curricula of other degree programmes. As mentioned before (Part 2.2) the autonomy of Gender Studies versus its integration into other disciplines is a dilemma. (Braidotti 2003, 28) Integration may eventually 47

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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