MA in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Mission, Objectives, and Learning Outcomes


This unique program focuses on the socially-constructed understandings and variations of what it means to be female or male, and how these affect people across all social categories. As such, it is inclusive in nature, intersectional in its approach, and it combines both academic rigor and participative learning. By scrutinizing the power differential between females and males, students begin to understand the intersection of other inequalities.

This MSc program is interdisciplinary. It engages with a range of theories and case studies from Social Sciences to Clinical Sciences as well as Economics and the Humanities in order to present a complex and multifaceted picture of the cultural, political, financial and governance-related pressures that dictate the particular roles that individuals are “allowed” to occupy. One of the unique features of this degree program is that it guarantees a high level of academic freedom and integrates gender, along with several themes and concepts that are crucial to understanding gender variability in the Arab world, such as education, sexuality, health, political representation, economic participation, and so on. The content has been carefully designed to enable depth of understanding of gender in the context of the Arab region while equally providing opportunities for acquiring global perspectives through a comparative study of gender issues in other parts of the world. 

Another unique feature allows students to follow either a Research Track which culminates in a Thesis, or a Practicum Track whereby they opt for pursuing a Professional Placement.

The program addresses both the academic and the practical applications of gender theories and its content is designed with a particular focus on filling an identified gap in the job market. Graduates of this program can pursue careers in governmental organizations and ministries as well as national, regional, and international agencies focusing on gender across a broad range of sectors. Graduates will be well positioned to pursue further study at doctoral level, and in such fields as Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Literary Studies and Development Studies 

Program Educational Objectives (PEO)

The program has been designed with the aim of fulfilling the following academic objectives:

PEO 1. To convey the key principle that gender theory underpins and belies policy, practice and activism

PEO2. To ensure that all our students understand and adopt an intersectional, interdisciplinary and transnational approach when engaging in any academic and professional endeavor

PEO 3. To provide students with depth of understanding of the ways in which culture, religion, politics, language and the environment have shaped and determined the opportunities that are made available to the categories of Man and Woman in Arabic-speaking countries 

PEO 4. To enable students to question and critically evaluate the binary structures that inform and determine societal beliefs and norms, legal systems and practices, and professional structures in Arabic-speaking countries

PEO 5. To offer students breadth of understanding of the global patterns that shape our understanding of the categories of “masculine”, “feminine” and “queer” categories

PEO 6. To engage students in advanced research and critical assessment of the ways in which the interrelated categories of Race, Gender and Class intersect, clash and converge in gender discourse

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Upon completing the degree program, it is expected that all students will have acquired the following concepts and skills:

PLO 1. A thorough understanding of the key theories that relate to gender

PLO 2. A thorough and critical understanding of regional factors that determine gender identity as well as related policy and discourse

PLO 3. A detailed and critical understanding of contemporary global trends that are shaping gender policy and discourse

PLO 4. An advanced ability to conduct research as evidenced by their ability to design, execute and disseminate research by deploying the most appropriate research method

PLO 5. An advanced ability to engage with the complex factors that shape gender by adopting an intersectional approach in their critical reflection and analysis

PLO 6. Advanced analytical skills demonstrated by their ability to deconstruct and critique the process of social identity formation which is mediated by factors such as race, gender, class, sexuality, age and by various media (journalism, art, policy-makers, political activists).