The MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities provides advanced study in the application of gender theory to social policy, planning and practice with an interdisciplinary approach. It aims to give students a grounded understanding of the concepts and theories relevant to a gender analysis of social policy in a global and comparative context. The teaching focuses on stimulating independent thought on gender and gender inequalities.
The MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities consists of 4 units of study. Students take the following courses to the value of 3 units:
(* half unit)
In addition, students take a further combination of courses to the value of one full unit from a range of courses offered from across the School, selected with advice from an academic adviser. For more detailed programme structure see the application page for MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities.
The degree enrols one cohort per academic year. Full-time students register at the beginning of October and submit the dissertation on the first working day of the following September. Part-time students study for the degree over 2 academic years, normally taking 2 units per year. Gender Theories in the Modern World and Gender and Social Policy: Theory and Practice are taken in year 1, and the dissertation in year 2.
Preliminary Recommended Readings
Reminder: Students are not required to have studied gender before they arrive, nor are the below readings compulsory before the academic session begins. These are merely recommendations if students wish to familiarise themselves with the theory they will be encountering once they begin studying. The following were recommended by our previous and current MSc students as being both useful preliminary reading, and widely consulted throughout the academic year. Some are more appropriate to previous academic study in gender theory but you should not be put off!
Highly Recommended Readings
The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory (eds) Mary Evans, Clare Hemmings, Marsha Henry, Hazel Johnstone, Sumi Madhok, Ania Plomien and Sadie Wearing (Aug 2014)
At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. Edited by and featuring Gender Institute faculty, this Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory. The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: epistemology and marginality; literary, visual and cultural representations; sexuality; macro and microeconomics of gender; conflict and peace. It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.
Please note: this is a very expensive volume, so students are not expected to purchase it. It will be available in libraries from August 2014.
Gender: The Key Concepts (eds) Mary Evans and Carolyn H. Williams (2013)
Featuring Gender Institute faculty, this invaluable volume provides an overview of 37 terms, theories and concepts frequently used in gender studies which those studying the subject can find difficult to grasp. Each entry provides a critical definition of the concept, examining the background to the idea, its usage and the major figures associated with the term. Taking a truly interdisciplinary and global view of gender studies, concepts covered include: agency; diaspora; heteronormativity; subjectivity; performativity; class; feminist politics; body; gender identity and reflexivity. With cross referencing and further reading provided throughout the text, Gender: The Key Concepts unweaves the relationships between different aspects of the field defined as gender studies, and is essential for all those studying gender in interdisciplinary contexts as undergraduates, postgraduates and beyond.
Other Recommended Readings (regardless of background)
Butler, J, (1999) Gender Trouble New York, London: Routledge
Daly, M. (2000) The Gender Division of Welfare, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
de Beauvoir, S (1997) The Second Sex London: Vintage
Hobson, B (2002) Making men into fathers : men, masculinities and the social politics of fatherhood Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
Evans, M. and Williams, C.H. (2012) Gender: The Key Concepts New York, London: Routledge
Recent Publications by Core Faculty
Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: Masculinities, Male Labour & Fathering in the UK and USA by Majella Kilkey, Diane Perrons and Ania Plomien (2013)
As the rich have got richer and households have become busier, demand for commoditized household services has increased. While much is known about maids and nannies, this book is distinctive in focusing on masculinized domestic services.
Lovell, Andermahr, and Walkowitz (eds), (2nd ed. 2000). A Concise Glossary of Feminist Theory. New York: Arnold Publishers.
Wright, E (ed) , (1992). Feminism and Psychoanalysis: A critical dictionary. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
Code, Lorraine (ed) (2003) Encyclopedia of Feminist Thought Routledge
Davis, K, Evans, M and Lorber, J (2006) Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies Sage
Abelove, B and Halperin, Eds (1993) The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader. New York: Routledge
bell hooks (1992) Black Looks: Race and Representation London: Turnaround
Bhavnani, K-K, Foran,J and Kurian, P (2003) (eds). Feminist futures : re-imagining women, culture and development London :Zed
Bhavnani, K-K (2001) Feminism and 'race' Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001
Gould,C Key Concepts in Gender Theory(1997) New Jersey :Humanities Press
Grewal, I and Kaplan, C (2006) (eds) An introduction to women's studies : gender in a transnational world
Edition: 2nd ed.Boston : McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Kemp,S & Squires, J Feminisms (1997) Oxford:Oxford UP
Saunders, K (2002) Feminist Post-Development Thought: Rethinking Modernity, Post-Colonialism and Representation London:Zed
Lewis, R & Mills, S (2003) Eds. Feminist Postcolonial Theory: A Reader Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Pilcher, J and I Whelehan 50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies (Key Concepts) Sage (2004)
Visvanathan, N, et. al. (eds.) The Women, Gender and Development Reader, London and New Jersey: Zed Books (1997)
The Sexual Subject: A Screen Reader in Sexuality. Routledge (1992)
Development & Change
European Journal of Women's Studies
Gender & Development
Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography
Gender & Society
International Feminist Journal of Politics
Philosophy & Public Affairs
Violence Against Women
What Gender, Policy and Inequalities alumni are doing now...
Information on graduate destinations can be found in the Gender Institute Alumni pages and the LSE Careers Gender Institute statistics pages.
Vera, (Completed in 2012)
I am currently a trainee at WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform. In my role, I am an Assistant Policy Advisor, focusing on Dutch foreign policy in particular, and I am an Assistant Working Group Coordinator for the MENA region. My master’s degree provided me background in gender issues and enhanced my critical thinking.
Rosie, (Completed in 2012)
I work for Populus Limited, a leading strategy and research consultancy firm, as a Research Executive. During my master’s degree, I gained first-hand experience in undertaking a research project for my dissertation, which was useful to my current role at work.
Reema, (Completed in 2011)
I work on the Assisted Digital team as a policy analyst for the Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office. The skills I gained at the GI have been invaluable in helping me achieve my current role. These include critical thinking, constructing an argument in writing and through presentation, and quantitative and qualitative analysis of data and evidence. My degree at the GI also helped me in terms of the knowledge I gained about the UK and EU policy environment - particularly in relation to gender policy - and the social, cultural and political contexts in which policy operates. I think that a knowledge and understanding of gender theory and the ability to usefully apply it to contemporary social issues has been an asset to me in beginning my career in public policy and delivery.
Maria, (Completed in 2011)
I am now working at StockWatch, which is one of the biggest economic websites in my country. I work as a journalist, writing articles on issues concerning the economy (local, european and international), the stock market, working relations, and society. I also analyze statistical data, identifying trends and writing relevant articles which are later published on the website. I used to work at the same company before my degree but in a lower position, in the secretarial/office administration department. I believe that my degree helped me achieve a higher position, in the field of journalism not long after I got back from my studies.
Katherine, (Completed in 2010)
I work in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University. I am a qualitative research analyst and program coordinator on an external evaluation of a public health intervention called "Saving Mothers, Giving Life". It is a large, multi-stakeholder initiative aimed to reduce maternal mortality in Uganda and Zambia. My MSc in Gender and Social Policy enhanced my credentials and strengthened my focus on gender, policy and international development which served as a foundation for this role.
Shehar, (Completed in 2009)
Director of Research and Communications at the Shahroon International Pvt LTD, a family owned company. As a director I provide consultancy services with a gender perspective to organisations like The Asia Foundation, Heinrich Boell Foundation etc. I also write for various newspapers on gender and women in Islam. I am hired to research, monitor and evaluate various aspects of gender affecting Pakistan. I am currently part of a network analysing participation of women in the forthcoming election in Pakistan. My degree has provided me the capacity to understand and equate theoretical framework with societal development. My master’s degree has provided me with the academic confidence to interrogate structures of power, especially in Pakistan.
Robyn, (Completed in 2007)
I work for The Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto, Canada. I am the Coordinator of Research and Community Development. Studying my degree gave me a strong base in writing and policy analysis.
Zoe, (Completed in 2007)
I work for the Women's Health and Equality Consortium, which works to ensure that the experiences and needs of women and girls’ are reflected in health and social care policy. I manage the programme and policy work. Completing my master’s gave me the inspiration, knowledge and skills to do my job (and the jobs that led to it!).
Ayako, (Completed in 2006)
I am currently a DPhil candidate and Politics Tutor at the University of Oxford. My master’s degree helped me get on the DPhil Politics programme.
Lauren, (Completed in 2005)
I'm a Family Defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defense non-profit in the South Bronx in New York City. I am a court-appointed defense attorney for indigent parents who are accused of neglect or abuse of their kids (most of our cases are neglect based on poverty conditions and other discriminatory - race, class and gender based assumptions about what it means to be a "good" parent). It has certainly helped me to think critically about the power structures and gender dynamics at play in the foster care and family court systems (of which there are many complicated ones), as well as policy changes that would improve the experience of families caught up in those systems. Additionally my degree from the GI was what inspired me to go to law school in the first place - to take the gender theory and social policy lessons I learned while at LSE and develop the legal tools to truly implement social change.
Magda, (Completed in 2005)
I own my consultancy Equilibra (www.equilibraconsulting.com) and I work as representative of Pluribus. I work on organisational development consulting, diversity and inclusion training, leadership training and feminine leadership training. My MSc degree was key in preparing me to go into the field of diversity and organisational development.