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Education and training

Equality between women and men is a fundamental value of the European Union. Building up knowledge on gender equality and good practices in gender mainstreaming is one of the main visions of the University of Deusto. UDEUSTO promotes gender equality in all educational levels. Gender mainstreaming activities can be found in the Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies at the University of Deusto. Specific gender courses are proposed at Undergraduate, Bachelor and Doctorate Programs.

Doctoral studies


Deusto International Research School (DIRS) will endeavor to assure equal access opportunities for all applicants and, in particular, a fair female representation. In the recruitment process of researchers, particular attention will be paid to equal opportunities through positive measures such as attention to the gender balance of the results in the selection process or the adjustment of required time limits in relation to childbirth and maternity leave. Recruitment calls will state that the DIRS project is an equal opportunity employer, thus encouraging female applicants. In fact, currently, 72% of the PhD candidates recruited by the University of Deusto are women.

Regarding the content of the research, the DIRS also seeks to advance the awareness of the gender dimension of specific focus areas. There is still much to be done outside specifically “female areas/topics”. DIRS makes a conscious effort to build gender issues into the project as a transversal axis to focus areas and in all courses, seminars and conferences. This approach is supported and guaranteed by the expertise in gender issues of key university staff. Recruitment calls will make explicit requests to applicants that they include and develop the gender issues of their projects and proposals, and innovative topics from a gender perspective or proposals that mainstream gender into new or general areas will be given particular consideration. In general terms, the whole project will contribute to the implementation of the Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015, the strategy of the Commission to improve the place of women in the labor market, in society and in decision-making positions both in the European Union and throughout the world.

  • Courses
      The course will be given by Silvestre, María in Spanish language in November 2015 and is target for the researchers and PhD students. The course is organized by Deusto International Research School (DIRS). The main units of the course are the following: gender as an analytical category in the research; gender perspective as a paradigm and as a methodology for research. Methods to introduce the gender perspective in the research projects: guidelines, examples, bibliography; applied exercises in the projects of the PhD Thesis of students.

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Postgraduate studies

The gender equality is applied in the following Master Degrees through the transversal mode in different courses, especially in the subject-matter of Society, Family and Education. The scope of the degree is to design and develop learning spaces with special attention to equity, emotional education and values, equal rights and opportunities for men and women, civic education and respect for human rights that facilitate life in society, decision-making and building a sustainable future. The learning outcomes are aimed to boost activities that are based on the everyday life that empower gender equality, participate in the projects of the center together with the families for the development of the skills, for the promotion of the rights and freedoms and to ensure the equal opportunities. The respect for the equal rights, opportunities and non- discrimination treatment are the main contents of the Master Degrees in the University of Deusto.



Undergraduate studies

The scope of the Undergraduate Degrees is to design and regulate the learning spaces in the diversity dimensions that correspond to the gender equality, equity and respect for human rights which shape the values of citizenship education.

On the macro level, the competences are focused on promotion egalitarian and inclusive education among girls and boys and encourage overcoming reductionist stereotypes, the education of democratic values, respect for the environment and universal accessibility. They are developed in a transversal manner in the numerous courses as Social Sciences, Ethics and Professional Ethics, Language and Communication skills, Language and Literature, Foreign Language that are given within the Degrees Programs.



Departing from a transdisciplinary approach the main aim of this course is to provide students with a critical framework for thinking of gender identity as an integral component of the human condition that pervades both the real and symbolic orders of social life, and intersects with other social and cultural identities such as race, class, nationality, or religion.

Together with this main goal this course aims at analyzing the construction of women as social and cultural subjects, exploring how gender identities are constructed and to identify the dominant cultural fabric of stereotypes and prejudices that underlie an apparently neutral reality, getting acquainted with the main trends of feminism and theoretical thinking on women's studies in the past, and the challenges for the future, promoting gender justice by identifying the challenges of gender inequality in contemporary societies in order to gain mutual understanding and a fairer society.

University of Deusto's Library

University of Deusto’s Library – A Resource Centre for Learning and Research
The Library at Deusto is a reflection of university transformation and the changes in the world of research. Built by renowned architect Rafael Moneo, the building of the Library at the Bilbao campus has spaces that meet the challenges of university renewal. The Library places special emphasis on new technologies, aimed at facilitating team work, study and research, as well as enabling environments for that purpose: reading rooms, group study rooms, seminars, workshops and research booths.

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