Programme details and objectives
Power relations based on difference (such as gender, race, and other identity markers) constitute key divides in our world, seeding fundamental inequalities as they intersect with class and other status distinctions.
They structure politics, societies, and economies, distributing wealth and privilege and leading to the disenfranchisement and disempowerment of whole groups of people. They also become the basis for multiple forms of violence, including physical and psychological harm, stigmatisation and discrimination, systemic economic deprivation, and colonising forms of knowledge and silencing.
The intersectional operations of race, class, and gender -- in conjunction with other identity markers -- constitute a core problem of contemporary international politics. They also cause and aggravate a range of international problems -- from violent conflict to hunger and pandemics.
Specifically, the specialisation
introduces you to critical theory, including feminist, critical race and decolonial theorising;
provides a grounding in methodologies that take the view from the margins;
teaches empirical knowledge from the interdisciplinary perspectives of global gender, race, and post-colonial studies;
enables you to assess the effectiveness of existing policies and initiatives to counter inequalities and value difference; and
equips you with practical tools for fostering change.