The University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) will be at the forefront of the analysis of masculinities in Spain with the opening of a new training program focused on this area of gender studies. Starting next October, the university will offer a Master's Degree in Masculinities Studies, a pioneering degree that focuses on men in order to complete the perspective of analysis of gender studies, which have mostly focused on women.
Its promoters recall that "most universities already have undergraduate and graduate programs in Women's Studies and/or Gender Studies. However, the historical origins and political sensitivities of these programs have meant that most gender studies (faculty, students and researchers) have been carried out by women and about women". Faced with this reality, the new master's degree assumes the growing interest in masculinity studies in the scientific community dedicated to this field.
Directed by UCLM professor José María Armengol, the curriculum includes subjects that address issues such as gender violence, communication, advertising, culture and fatherhood from the perspective of masculinities. The program, which will be taught online, is organised in a total of eighty-eight credits, sixty of which are compulsory.
The pre-registration period will be open from July 18 to September 24, while enrollment can be formalised between September 27 and October 1. The course, which initially offers fifty places, will run from October 4, 2021 to May 27, 2022.