PhD in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
Recent research has shown that in many fields of scientific knowledge, from the humanities to medicine, social sciences to engineering, sex and gender are not given the consideration that they merit. Stereotypes and biases persist in the research and development of technologies, and they often stem from universal norms that are based on the experiences, expectations, and realities of a specific group of people, usually white males of a certain economic standing. Realities facing other people are often considered deviations from the norm.
Science, as with any other field of human activity, is not free from the social and cultural conditioning of the times. Gender stereotypes and the lower social value given to women often translate to undervalued, stereotyped considerations of their specific realities, whether social or biological, when it comes to research.
Gender studies have contributed to the understanding and awareness of contextual realities that have up to now been unexplored. They have also contributed to reducing biases and errors in concepts and theories.
The doctoral programme in interdisciplinary gender studies aims to respond to and satisfy the demand created by the scientific policies that have taken shape over the past decade in the European Union and in Spanish legislation and which require urgent attention at the highest academic level. Only this research-focused attention will be able to provide the expert scientific analyses necessary to consolidate the aforementioned scientific and research policies.
Furthermore, there are a number of universities participating in this doctoral programme, including the University of La Laguna, the University of Alicante, the University of Alcalá, the University of the Balearic Islands, the University of Huelva, Jaume I University, King Juan Carlos University, and the Autonomous University of Madrid (coordinating university of this doctoral programme).
The doctoral programme in interdisciplinary gender studies represents a new forefront in the panorama of Spanish universities, as no precedents exist in this area. The basic objective of the programme is to train expert researchers in the field of gender studies who are able to respond to and satisfy the demand created over the last decade by the political sciences that have come about in the European Union and the Spanish government and which urgently and desperately require such education at the highest academic level.
Legislation requires that official Spanish degree programmes receive a positive assessment from the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA, by its Spanish acronym). This process is known as verification, and it serves to ensure that education programmes are properly designed to provide the competencies and reach the learning goals around which the programmes are built.
The European Higher Education Area requires that there be a system in place to ensure the quality of degree programmes.
The doctorate programme is subject to constant assessment and improvement processes that guarantee that it maintains a certain level of prestige and renown in Europe. You can see the results of the assessment processes in the results section.