For more than 20 years RHEA fullfills a leading role in education concerning gender and diversity. RHEA also founded the inter-university Master Gender & Diversity, which started in the academic year 2014-2015. Within the VUB RHEA also offers elective courses ‘Introduction of Gender studies’,’Gender, Diversity and Politics’, ‘Islam and Gender’, and ‘Philosophy and the ethics of sexuality. Besides that RHEA organizes seminars and workshops for PhD students. 

Inter-university master Gender and Diversity


Master gender en diversiteit

Students of the academic bachelor in human or social sciences can enroll in the inter-university master Gender and Diversity. The education is open for all masters of different study areas, who would like to specialize in gender studies. In this master you learn to analyze, research and engage critically and create a base in your future work in policies, business, civil society, cultural sector or research. This inter-university master is a initiative of the five Flemish universities KULeuven, UAntwerpen, UGent, UHasselt and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and is offered as a one-year programme (60 ECTS)

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Elective course

Introduction of women's and gender studies

This course gives a introductive overview of the history of women's and gender studies, in relation to the development of feminist thinking and the women's movement and the recent revolutions within the gender studies as an academic discipline. 

Thereby in the state of affairs on an international level concerning research and education in women's/gender studies is explained and the impact in diverse scientific and policy domains is discussed. The course also sheds light on the insights of different authors, theoretical approaches, concepts and debates, as the theories of sameness and difference, epistemological standpoint thinking, the influence of post-structurialism and the concepts of diversity and intersectionality. The course also illustrates the impact of gender studies on research and policy making through the using one or more themes through a few guest lecturers of experts.

Elective course, offered in diverse educations in the second term of the year. All the information about this course.

Elective course

Gender, Diversity, and Politics

Current societies are composed of citizens with a wide variety of identities and are marked by a wide variety of inequalities. Dealing with diversity and tackling these inequalities are a major challenge for political decision-makers policy actors. Political issues related to ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, religion or culture are often key ingredients of political concerns and conflicts. This course focuses on how politics and policy deal with diversity and plural inequalities. Belgian politics and policy is used as an example of how this is done. The main aim of the course is to provide theories and methodological tools to analyse the key issues related to discrimination and diversity. Theories regarding gender and diversity are central to the course, as well as the Belgian political and policy praxis. These are discussed in lectures and guest lectures by researchers, Belgian politicians and policy actors. The lectures are accompanied by discussions of scientific texts and policy documents. Students also write a paper in which they analyse a topical event thereby applying the theories and concepts elaborated during the (guest) lectures.

Master Politieke Wetenschappen, eerste semester. Alles over dit vak.

Elective course

Philosophy and the ethics of sexuality

This course focusses on a few central concepts, theoretical discussions and normative debates about sexuality. During this course one or more guest lecturers, who are specialized in a certain area, are invited.

Research seminar

Philosophy and Ethics of Gender, Sexuality and Diversity

In this seminar students will learn to examine normative issues regarding gender, sexuality and diversity from an ethical-philosophical and moral-anthropological background. The course introduces key texts in feminist philosophy and ethical theory, the philosophy of sexuality and intersectional and postcolonial theory. Guided by the research expertise of the lecturers, students will learn how to explore pivotal topics from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective. The course contains introductory sessions, guided self-study, discussion seminars and plenary exercises. 

Elective course

Islam and Gender