MA in Gender, Culture, and Society

MA in Gender, Culture, and Society
Gender Studies in the Department of Social Anthropology and History The department of Social Anthropology and History started offering courses at the postgraduate level, in the field of Gender Studies in 2003-2004.

Gender Studies in the Department of Social Anthropology and History The department of Social Anthropology and History started offering courses at the postgraduate level, in the field of Gender Studies in 2003-2004. At this year a new Postgraduate Studies Program lasting one academic year and entitled “Women and Gender: Anthropological and Historical Approaches” was launched. Ever since the Department was founded, the study of the social constitution of gender has received particular attention at both the undergraduate and the postgraduate level. The research interest of the teaching staff and the titles of the courses offered in the Department’s Student Handbook bear witness to that. For instance, at the undergraduate level, we offer courses such as Anthropology of Gender, Anthropology of Kinship, Anthropology of Reproduction, History of Family and Marriage, Social Demography, whereas at the postgraduate level, we have offered courses such as Anthropology of Kinship and Gender, and Family in European Historiography from the very first years of its operation. In 2014 the PSP was renamed as “ Gender, Culture and Society”.

The PSP “Gender, Culture and Society” in the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of the Aegean is based on the Department’s expertise and long-standing experience in gender issues at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The department also operates three labs which actively support the teaching and research activities of the PSP: the Ethnography Lab, the History Lab, and the Family and Kinship Lab. Furthermore, a computer lab with 17 work stations has been in operation since 1992, catering to the needs of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The library collection of the University of the Aegean, founded in 1984 and based in Mytilene, adequately supports the teaching and research needs the PSP. The Mytilene Brach of the Library holds the largest book and magazine collection in the area of Social Anthropology in Greece. Library collections are regularly updated thus allowing for uninterrupted monitoring of international developments in the field of anthropology, while the collection of books and magazines in the History section has grown significantly. Meanwhile, the History Lab maintains a large collection of 19th and 20th century newspapers and magazines which is constantly growing. In the framework of the PSP, the Mytilene Library Branch has acquired 250 new book titles on gender-related topics in the area of anthropology, history, politics, education, economy, health, language, and art.

Courses start in the first week of the winter semester of each academic year. There are three compulsory courses in the winter and another three in the spring semester, each of which is equivalent to 10 ECTS credits.

After the end of the spring semester, students contact a faculty member who agrees to supervise their work. Students select a topic, which must be ratified by the supervisor, and start conducting research for their MA thesis.

The MA thesis should be no longer than 25,000 words and is equivalent to 30 ECTS credits. It must be delivered by the end of the third semester (i.e., February). Students who do not complete their MA thesis by the end of the third semester (February), may be granted an extension until May. No further extension may be granted without agreement of the faculty assembly.

Attendance of the six courses (three in each of the first two semesters) is compulsory. If a student fails a course, s/he may retake the course once in the next examination period. Clarifications on the obligations and assessment of students is given in the information for each course.

Students are required to select a topic for their MA thesis and find a supervisor no later than the end of July. The final title of the thesis must be submitted to the MA Secretariat by 31 July.

After completion of the MA thesis the supervisor informs the student whether their work is considered complete, in which case an electronic copy is submitted to the Secretariat. The thesis is then publicly defended and graded by the three members of the Examination Committee. If the thesis is not awarded a passing grade, the student has the right to resubmit it during the following examination period. If the thesis is not awarded a passing grade in the second attempt, the student cannot obtain the MA degree.


Canakis Costas, Professor

Yannis Yannitsiotis, Assistant Professor (tenured)
Yannakopoulos Kostas, Professor
Petridou Elia, Assistant Professor (tenured)
Pinelopi Topali, Assistant Professor (tenured)


University Hill, Administration Building 81 100 Mitilini
Tel: +30 22510 36331


Courses Offered

1st Semester

GCS-5 Gender and migration
Topali Pinelopi
GCS-4 Historical approaches to gender: Manliness and Masculinity in Europe and USA, 19th century till the first half of 20th century
Yannitsiotis Yannis
GCS-1 Τheories of Gender
Yannakopoulos Kostas

2nd Semester

GCS-2 Language, gender, and sexuality
Canakis Costas
GCS-11 History of Crime and Violence
Vassiliadou Dimitra
GCS-8 Gender and material culture
Petridou Elia

3th Semester

Master’s thesis