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Gender Studies: Methodologies, Theories, Policies (FYL)

HOU > Gender Studies: Methodologies, Theories, Policies (FYL)
Subject – Purpose
Learning Outcomes
Admission requirements
Academic Supervision Committee

Subject of the programme
The programme includes the main theoretical and methodological approaches to gender as developed in the context of gender studies internationally. It critically examines the main issues and concepts related to gender relations and gender equality in the field of public policies and social movements. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of gender in areas of social, economic, political and cultural life such as the educational system, the labour market, the political system, cultural practices, sexuality and migration.

Programme Aim
The aim of the programme is to equip students to understand the concepts, theories and academic debates on gender relations, while linking them to contemporary social practices and aspects of inequality between men and women.
In order to achieve this aim, the programme will adopt an interdisciplinary approach by offering modules by qualified scholars from different disciplines that will highlight interdisciplinary aspects of gender relations in contemporary societies. In this context, students will be given the opportunity to acquire knowledge and become familiar with feminist methodologies and interdisciplinarity, theories of gender identity and sexuality, as well as gender equality and anti-discrimination policies.
They will also be given the opportunity to delve into more specialised areas, studying topics such as gender in education, gender-based violence, work and care, gender in politics, migration and interculturalism, and gender in cultural theories and practices.
The programme covers a wide range of social issues and debates that have come to the fore in recent years in Greece and globally, due to the rise of feminist and LGBTQ issues and movements. In this context, the programme highlights the intersectional dimensions of gender inequalities by exploring the different approaches to inequalities between men and women and the ways in which gender intertwines with the social categories of race, nation, social class, and sexuality.
By combining theoretical analysis and the findings of contemporary research with teaching, the programme contributes to deepening the analysis and response to social issues that are increasingly at the forefront of public discourse and public policies.

ECTS Credits Programme of Studies
The total number of credits (ECTS) required for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma of Specialisation (MA) is 120 ECTS.

Characterization of the Postgraduate Program
Master of Arts (MA)

Classification according to the UNESCO ISCED-2011 code
Based on the level of study: 7

Classification according to the UNESCO ISCED-2013 code
Based on the education sector: 0314 Sociology and Cultural Studies

Language of instruction
The language of instruction of the programme, as well as of the Postgraduate Dissertation, is Greek.

Duration of study
The minimum duration of study is two (2) academic years, i.e. four (4) academic semesters.

Quality Policy
Quality Target 2025

The learning outcomes of the MA will be the following:
• Acquisition of specialised knowledge on gender inequalities, as well as policies on gender equality and women’s rights which are critical especially in disciplines such as social policy, administration, social work, education, and media in both the public and private sectors.
• A deeper theoretical immersion in the theories, debates and methodologies of gender studies in different disciplines
• Development of critical thinking on cutting-edge social issues such as gender violence, feminist, migration and LGBTQ movements, gender stereotypes and norms, gender inequalities in education, and their interdisciplinary dimensions.
• Familiarisation with the use of the interdisciplinary methodological and analytical tools offered by gender studies
• Developing skills related to oral and written language (presentations, writing papers, developing arguments, collecting and commenting on literature) and cultivating communication skills in an environment of tolerance and respect for diversity.

The Post-graduate programme accepts graduates or higher institution diplomas of related disciplines. The programme is offered in Greek. 

The knowledge of a foreign language and good computer-Internet skills would be useful for the successful participation in the programme.


Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)


For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.

The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.

1st Semester


Feminist methodologies and intersectionality

(C¹, 10 ECTS)


Gender and education

(C, 10 ECTS)


Gender theories, sexualities and identities

(C, 10 ECTS)

2nd Semester


Gender-based violence

(C, 10 ECTS)


Gender and culture

(C, 10 ECTS)


Gender, rights, politics

(C, 10 ECTS)

3rd Semester


Gender equality policies

(C, 10 ECTS)


Gender, migration and interculturalism

(C, 10 ECTS)


Gender, care, work

(C, 10 ECTS)

4th Semester


Postgraduate Dissertation

(C, 30 ECTS)


Instructions for the declaration of units

The Master of Arts “Gender Studies: Methodologies, Theories, Policies” is structured in four (4) academic semesters,

Four (4) semesters of four (4) semesters, comprising nine (9) units and a Postgraduate Diploma Thesis.

The minimum period of study is four (4) academic semesters (2 academic years).

The total number of credits (ECTS) required for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma of Specialisation (M.Sc.) is 120 ECTS.

You may choose from one (1) to three (3) units per semester (30 ECTS).

The selection of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd semester units can be chosen from one (1) to three (3) units per semester (30 ECTS) regardless of the order.

In the process of declaring a unit, the units of the previous semester must be exhausted first and then register the units of the following semester. For example, if you have successfully completed one (1) units from the first semester and in the second semester you wish to select three (3) Theses, you must necessarily register two (2) units from the first semester and one (1) from the second semester, and so on.

The completion of the Dissertation (Dissertation) requires the successful completion of the nine (9) units.

The oral support of the thesis requires the successful completion of all the units of the Programme.

For the award of the Postgraduate Degree, the successful completion of nine (9) units is mandatory, as well as the successful preparation and presentation of the Diploma Thesis.

Academic Supervision Committee:  

Stratigaki Maria, Associate Professor of the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (President of the ASC).

Sfakianaki Eleni, Αssociate Professor, School of Social Sciences ΕΑΡ

Kogidou Dimitra, Professor of Psychology at School of Primary Education in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Mary Leontsini, Professor of Department of Early Childhood Education of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dimitris Parsanoglou, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Christofilopoulou Kaler Paraskevi, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences ΕΑΡ

Michailidou Martha, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, Media and Culture, Panteion University in Athens.



Student tuition fees for the Postgraduate Programme: 300€ per Module and 1.200€ the Postgraduate Dissertation. The total cost is 3.900€.

Student Registration Department:

Tel: +30 2610 367320 & +30 2610 367341. E-mail: fyl@eap.gr    

Students’ Service Office:

Tel.: +30 2610 367600. E-mail: info@eap.gr

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