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Specialisation in Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Politics

Gender equality, diversity and inclusion are hot topics in contemporary politics, organisations and society. Managing the diversity of the workforce is a key challenge for private and public organisations alike. Are you interested in topical debates about the role gender, race, and ethnicity play in national, European and global political decision-making? Do you want to understand the positions of men and women of different backgrounds, gays, lesbians and transgenders in society and politics as well as the dynamics of gender hierarchies and gender politics? Then this programme is made for you. This specialisation introduces you not only to issues and ongoing debates in the field of gender and diversity studies in organisations and politics, but also offers the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the state of the art in the field and to acquire knowledge of different policy practices related to it and their gendered implications. It offers you the knowledge and skills needed to understand the moral reasons - social justice, fairness and anti-discrimination - and the business reasons - legitimacy and performance - for addressing gender equality, diversity and inclusion through, among others, gender mainstreaming strategies. You learn to apply academic theories to real life questions and dilemmas within organisations and society, to reflect upon the normative dimensions of debates, to design workable solutions to change organisations and to advice policy makers and management teams.

Why should you choose GEP?

  • Unique interdisciplinary approach to gender studies
  • Societal, organisational and scientific relevance
  • Identification of ethical dilemmas as well as their political ramifications
  • Training to become a critical academic professional
  • Expert and enthusiastic staff
  • Small scale lectures and group work

The programme
This one-year Master’s programme (60ECs) is structured as follows:

  • Five specialisation courses (30 ECs)
  • One research methods course (6 ECs)
  • One elective course or internship (6 ECs)
  • Master’s thesis (18 ECs)

Upon graduation, you will be awarded a Master’s of Science degree in Political Science (MSc).

Changing perspective
As a GEP student you will be offered an interdisciplinary education, leading to the only Master’s Degree (MSc) in Political Science with a specialisation in gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the Netherlands. The programme focuses on the role and function of gender and diversity in society, with a particular emphasis on underlying power processes in politics and society. You will study how organisations produce different structural inequalities (regarding gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class, age, disability), and how these inequalities influence each other and manifest themselves in practice. Furthermore, the programme not only addresses questions related to the role culture, identity, leadership, and politics play in the (re-)production of gender inequalities, but also assesses the influence and strategies of different stakeholders as well as change agents in gender mainstreaming and transforming organisations. We offer state of the art theoretical insights and provide a solid training in research methods to help you design and implement organisational interventions and solve policy problems.

The work on the master’s thesis starts in period 3. We welcome opportunities to write the thesis in combination with an internship to experience gender and diversity questions in practice.

Career Prospects
As a Political Science graduate from Radboud University, specialised in gender, diversity and inclusion in politics and in the full range of research methods, you are uniquely positioned to analyse complex political problems and design appropriate policies for the promotion of diversity and inclusion. You are trained to become a critical academic professional. You are well positioned to enter a national, European or international trainee programme or to work as policy advisor, programme manager, or consultant with the local or national administration, with (trans)national non-governmental organisations, and research institutes. Students with an interest in academic research have the option to pursue a PhD.