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Gender and Women's Studies in the Middle East and North Africa

The gender and women's studies in the Middle East and North Africa focus, offers an interdisciplinary field of analysis that draws its questions and approaches from the social sciences and humanities, through the investigation of how gender relations are embedded in social, political and cultural formations. It provides students with an interdisciplinary and transnational pers[ective, with special emphasis on situating the Middle East and North Africa region in a comparative Global South perspective. 

Core Requirements (three courses):

GWST 5100: Theorizing Gender

This course introduces students to the core theoretical literature and debates in the field of gender and women studies. In addition to laying the intellectual foundation for further academic work in gender and women’s studies, the seminar also engages contemporary debates on traveling theory with a particular focus on the global south. Must be taken in the first semester.

GWST 5205: Gender and Feminist Research Methodologies
This course provides an introduction to gender and feminist approaches to dominant theories of knowledge and research methodologies in the social sciences. Must be taken in the second semester.

GWST 5298: Thesis Writing Seminar
This course serves as an intermediary phase between the research proposal and the master's thesis. It is designed to help students transition from fieldwork and data collection to data analysis and writing.

Specialization Requirements (three courses):

GWST 5101: Approaches to Gender and Women's Studies in the Middle East/North Africa
course immerses students in the historical, philosophical and theoretical debates within the academic field of Middle East gender and women’s studies. Interdisciplinary approaches as well as varieties of theoretical positions are exposed and discussed critically. Acknowledging the entanglements of regions, scholarly debates and political struggles, this course locates the Middle East/ North Africa region within its worldly context. Must be taken in the second semester.

GWST 5103: Gender and Development: Histories and Theories
The aim of this core seminar is to introduce students to the theoretical and empirical perspectives and experiences that inform current programs and policies in the field of gender and development. The course will examine the transformations in the lives of women and men in the developing world through development and incorporation into global, national and local social, economic and political systems from a multidisciplinary social science perspective. The course concentrates on the structure and process of gender relations (i.e. between and among women and men). In examining "gender politics", the course will explore the politicization of gender relations at various levels of society, from domestic settings to national contexts to the international sphere. Therefore, the course will review the key theoretical and methodological debates in the study of gendered social relations and institutions and investigate how these relations and institutions are being transformed at the different levels of social life. Must be taken in the first semester.

GWST 5104: Gender and Migration
This seminar provides an in-depth engagement with the growing sub-field of gender and migration. Themes covered include: international gendered labor markets, migration to and from the Middle East, domestic labor, trafficking, displacement through conflict and development, remittances and human rights. Must be taken in the second semester

Courses (two courses):

The list of electives is selected by the advisory committee each semester. Check the online course list for detailed information on a given semester.

For additional general MA program requirements click here.