Sociology: Gender, Sexuality and Society (MSc)
‘There are not many Master’s programmes in the Netherlands that focus on gender and/or sexuality. The opportunity to combine both from a sociological perspective was what made me choose this Master’s. It is very interesting and important to look at, for instance, how gender and sexuality are seen in society, how people strive for other possibilities to deal with sexual identity categories and how gender influences all layers of society.' Read Wieke Hengeveld's story about Sociology: Gender, Sexuality and Society.
My name is Wieke Hengeveld and I come from The Netherlands. Before I started doing my Master’s programme in Sociology with a specialisation in Gender, Sexuality and Society, I did my Bachelor in Education/Pedagogical Sciences at Utrecht University. Next to my regular curriculum, I did some courses in anthropology and gender, anthropology in general, conflict studies and religion and this made me decide to choose for a Master's in a different department.
I started looking around for a Master's programme in gender, as I was very interested in all the theories I learned during my gender and anthropology course. The interest was mainly based on my own struggles with sexual identity categories, my awareness of my own gender and my interest in the African continent and different ways of looking at gender and sexuality there.
'We had a great class and we did many things together'
I really enjoyed studying at the University of Amsterdam. We had a great class and we did many things together. As the subjects relate to things that touch one's personal life most of the time, we had very open and interesting discussions. Most of the time there was not enough time in class to finish the conversations. The lecturers are open and give you lots of information on events, symposia, exhibitions and other things related to the programme. Next to that, we had drinks together and they were always open to have a chat with you.
'My Master’s thesis research was a combination of all the things that interested me'
My Master’s thesis research was a combination of all the things that interested me. I did research on female same-sex relationships in Ghana, West-Africa. Different ways of looking at sexuality, leaving the sexual identity categories behind and research in Africa, I could not have chosen a better subject for my Master’s thesis!
'Research and working for (developmental) organisations on gender and sexuality rights are the most fitted jobs after doing this Master'
You have to finish some paperwork before you can start this Master, but if you are really interested, I think it is all worth it. You should not do this programme if you want to earn lots of money; only a few lucky ones might. Research and working for (developmental) organisations on gender and sexuality rights are the most fitted jobs after doing this Master. However, I always thought, the best reason to do a Master is interest in the subject, no matter what will happen after the Master. I would like to do a PhD after this programme, but you never know what the future might bring.