Elective minor in a first degree programme (bachelor).
Gender Studies minor at the University of Konstanz is an interdisciplinary programme, involving not only sociology, but also history and literature. In Gender Studies, you analyse the current relationship between the genders in different areas of society (e.g. labour market, educational system, family) and study how it developed historically and how it is changing.
A key insight in women’s and gender studies is that gender and relationships between genders are not a forgone conclusion of nature, but above all social phenomena, the results of interaction between human activities and social structures.During your studies you will be discussing issues such as:
- Which conditions in the labour market, in organisations and families lead to women gaining leading positions far less often than men?
- How come it is women who, although increasingly successful in the education system and in the labour market, still shoulder the major share of housework and childcare?
- Which welfare state provisions lead to greater gender equality in the balance between employment and family commitments?
- How have historical changes, such as the collapse of communist systems, affected the emancipation of women?
- Which images of marriage, sexuality, and physicality are conveyed in the literary works of different epochs?
|Programme start||Winter semester & Summer semester|
|Application period||27.05. - 15.9. | 4.12. - 15.3.|
Winter semester & Summer semester
A Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities typically consists of a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). You are also required to attend the "Überfachliche berufsorientierte Qualifikationen" (Interdisciplinary career preparation) module (20 credits) and complete an internship. Please click here to find out more about studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities.
The introductory module, the lecture "Introduction to Gender Studies I" and the accompanying tutorial, offered by advanced students, provides an initial overview of the key issues in Gender Studies. You will get acquainted with the theoretical foundations and exemplary research findings in Gender Studies. In the lecture series "Gender Studies II", which is offered by teaching staff from the departments of sociology, history, and literary studies, the emphasis is on an interdisciplinary approach to gender-relevant themes. In the further course of your studies you will choose 2 of the 3 subjects involved, in which you will then attend introductory lectures in the specific subjects as well as in-depth seminars on various special themes. Your studies will be complemented by the acquisition of at least one gender-relevant key qualification, such as gender mainstreaming skills. You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table.
Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).
Possible main subjects
When studying for a bachelor's degree in the humanities, you will choose both a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). In addition to this you will attend courses from the field of key competencies (20 credits), including an internship. Click here for an overview of the general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities.
You can combine the Bachelor minor Gender Studies with the following major subjects:
- British and American Studies (BAST)The Bachelor's Programme in British and American Studies (BAST) is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in English.
- German LiteratureIn our Bachelor's Programme in German Literature you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority.
- French LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in French Literature is offered by the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in French.
- HistoryStudying history means that you will learn about everything from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history while pursuing your own special interests.
- Italian LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in Italian Literature is offered by the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Italian.
- Classics and the Ancient Near EastThis bachelor's programme is designed to convey a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. The interdisciplinary courses stretch from literary studies (Greek/Latin) via history to archaeology.
- PhilosophyIn our bachelor's programme in philosophy you will study the theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers. Furthermore, you will discuss philosophical questions regarding such topics as the justification of moral norms and the relationship between language and reality.
- Slavic LiteraturesIn our Bachelor's Programme in Slavic Literatures you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of the literatures and languages of the peoples of eastern and south-eastern Europe.
- SociologyIn this study programme you will focus on the study of societies. You will gain new perspectives on society and learn to describe, understand and explain it.
- Spanish and Ibero-American StudiesThis bachelor's programme is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Spanish.
What interests and skills should I have?
To successfully complete Gender Studies at the University of Konstanz you will need:
- The curiosity and willingness to discover diverse themes and different theoretical and methodical approaches in the disciplines involved
- An interest in the relationships between genders
- An independent and conscientious approach to work,
- The willingness to engage in extensive reading, including texts in English.
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills.
Language(s) of instruction
The language of instruction and examinations is German.
The same general entry requirements apply for the major and minor:
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.
All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.
Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.
Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.