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Welcome to the Department of Gender Studies

Gender Issues are relevant to all of society, and all areas of academia.  The University of Malta recognised this in the setting up of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing (July 2012), clearly indicating that a Department of Gender Studies would form part of this Faculty. The Department was eventually established by Council in November 2013.

The Department is therefore relatively still quite new compared to many other University Departments, but still has many dreams and schemes… Its current academic staff, Dr Marceline Naudi (Head), Prof Brenda Murphy and Prof JosAnn Cutajar as well as the Administrator 1, Ms Marica Galea are working very hard to try to ensure that as many of these as possible come true.

Our Department is built on three pillars, embracing Teaching, Research and Activism. We are an ‘active’ and relevant department working closely with stakeholders in the community, including Malta, Europe and beyond, and to forge real cooperation and collaboration both within the University, across Faculties, Departments, Institutes and Centres, as well as outside, with Public Entities and Civil Society. 

The Department of Gender Studies through its academic staff is constantly involved in European projects and agencies such as EU COST projects, as well as the European Institute on Gender Equality (EIGE) and the European Observatory on Femicide.  Locally we are involved in various Domestic Violence Shelters, migrants and refugee work, gay rights and work on Social Justice generally. 

This website will guide you through an overview of the dreams and schemes, the teaching, research work and activism of the Department of Gender Studies within the University of Malta. You can find profiles of the Faculty academic staff, as well as information on the programmes. 

Just a quick word about the Department's name... Whilst the name in English was quite clear - Department of Gender Studies - when it came to translating it into Maltese we encountered various difficulties. First of all, in Maltese, it's interesting to note that we don't actually have a proper word for gender. The word that we tend to adopt is the word 'ġeneru', but 'ġeneru' as explained by Prof. Oliver Friggieri actually means genre, as in genre of poetry, prose, novels etc. However, it is the word that has entered into common usage by some official organisations such as NCPE. In other situations, for example the National Office of Statistics, the word 'sess' is used because they are talking about statistics, and about males and females in terms of demographics and sex. 'Dipartiment tal-Istudji dwar is-Sessi' would not be appropriate, and we weren't very happy with 'Dipartiment tal-Istudji tal-Ġeneru'. We tried to come up with something more creative and one of the words we were considering was 'femaskili' as suggested by Prof. Anthony Aquilina (as he urged us to take the opportunity and create an apposite term). However, following much discussion and reflection we opted for 'Dipartiment Studji dwar il-Ġeneri' which was actually a suggestion by Prof. Oliver Friggieri.  

For further information about the specific courses planned, see the About page.
We hope that you find these webpages helpful and please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more information.

© photo by: Michal Hustaty 


Diploma in Gender, Work and Society Timetable Semster 2 Academic Year 2019/20

GDS1005 - Gender and Psychology

GDS1010 - Gender and Law 

Semester 1 2019/0 - Timetable - MGSC

Master of Gender, Society and Culture Time Table Part Time Semester 1 

Time Table Electives offered 2019/20
List of Electives offered to the BA in SWB Studies and General Public

Diploma in Gender, Work and Society

GDS1004 - Introduction to Gender Studies and Public Speaking

GDS1009 - Gender, Sociology and Politics 

Bachelor in Social Wellbeing Studies (Honours)
The concept behind this degree is that students are free to “design” their own undergraduate programme by registering for a number of elective study-units (timetable permitting) on offer by the various departments within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. These would be study-units which they consider most suitable for their academic interest and career plans alongside a number of compulsory core units.


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