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Gender Studies

Gender Studies has developed as an academic discipline in the last few decades, on the ground of Women’s Studies. As a rule, gender studies is an interdisciplinary field of research involving knowledge of philosophy, psychoanalysis, history, anthropology, sociology, political sciences, cultural studies, literary theory, linguistic and media studies. The basic research topics are the roots of gender knowledge and gender differences. It involves questioning and reviewing certain “mainstream” and “malestream” theories and theorisations of gender in social and humanistic academic production but also a review of some early feminist approaches to gender. Gender studies have generated new concepts and approaches that problematize the sex/gender binary and move in the direction of disseminating and deepening critical epistemological knowledge in this field. In this respect, the methodology and epistemology of gender studies are of crucial importance, as well as gender determination in all key phases of the research procedure, from the selection of the problem and method, information and data collection to interpretation and presentation of empirical and theoretical findings.

The PhD Program in Gender Studies provides a framework for learning about the main theoretical, epistemological, and methodological approaches to gender that have been developed on the basis of critical analysis of malestream theoretical perspectives and epistemology. Special attention is paid to the gender dimension of modern globalization processes, intercultural comparisons and interculturality, politics of emotions, the relationship between (new) technologies and gender, the cultural representations of gender, and analysis of attempts to transform social and political institutions based on gender-specific power relations. Students may choose a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and different topics that address the organization, meanings and experiences of gender in different historical, socio-political and cultural contexts in their research.


Assoc. prof. dr. Zdenka Šadl
Study field coordinator

Ms. Anita Žagar

Student affairs office 

Quick facts

Type: third level Doctoral study programme 
Duration: 4 years
ECTS: 240
Language: English
Professional title: Doctor of Philosophy / doktor znanosti
General requirements for enrolment: 300 ECTS
Tuition fee: 10.600 € for programme


Foreign citizens who have completed study programme abroad may enrol in doctoral study programme if they complete the offical Slovenian procedure of recognition of foreign undergraduate education.

General competences

The main purpose of the programmes is to provide doctoral students with fundamental knowledge from their research disciplines in different fields of the humanities and social sciences, while developing the competences required for independent research and the application of knowledge at an internationally comparable level.

Chair of Theoretical Sociology

The Chair of Sociology builds on a rich tradition of theoretical and empirical research on the wide range of issues related to social life.