The subject Gender Studies concentrates on the social and cultural meanings of sex and gender as concepts, from historical and contemporary perspectives.
Gender Studies is based on awareness of the importance of the dimensions of sex and gender in different contexts. Academically, Gender Studies has its roots in feminist research, which focuses on power relations between the sexes. Gender Studies may be taken as a major in a Bachelor’s degree and courses in Gender Studies may be included in degrees on Master’s level. Short courses are also offered.
Gender Studies as a subject is affiliated with the Centre for Gender Studies (CGF), a cross-faculty strategic research environment at Karlstad University. CGF conducts research and offers education throughout the field of Gender Studies.