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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time; 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    22 October 2019

The MA in Women’s Studies (Humanities) is a tailored programme for those with a particular interest in humanities-informed approaches to interdisciplinary women’s and gender studies.

You'll address a diverse range of theoretical and methodological approaches to women's and gender studies, developing a critical awareness of the gendered aspects of cultural life, representation and textual enquiry. 

You will have the opportunity to focus on a variety of cultural perspectives and practices – literary, visual, and artistic – from both contemporary and historical cultures and across a range of geographical and societal spaces. The emphasis on humanities-informed feminist methodologies and practical research skills will enable you to conduct a substantial piece of independent research.

Founded in 1984, the Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) at York is home to a thriving international community where you’ll study alongside prominent academics in an array of related fields, from queer studies to gendered citizenship, activism, and masculinity. You’ll benefit from interdisciplinary teaching and research which is supported by the departments of English and Related Literature and Sociology.

Course content

This course is designed to challenge preconceptions, broaden understanding and encourage reflection on the wider ethical implications of feminist research, including power relations and your own positionality as a researcher.

Our modules will help you to interrogate key issues and concerns within women's studies. You'll pay particular attention to the category 'women' and the concept 'gender', interpreted through an intersectional lens. You will also develop the practical, advanced research skills to undertake your own humanities-informed research project within an area, adopting a reflexive practice and a critical awareness of the politics of research.

The programme's interdisciplinary and cross-cultural scope is inclusive to all students, regardless of background, culture or existing knowledge and competencies. We foster a diverse and engaging learning experience for all.

Modules

You'll take a total of 180 credits across the four core modules, two option modules and a dissertation module (60 credits). 

Core modules

  • Approaching Women's Studies (20 credits)
  • Feminist Research Methodologies (20 credits)
  • Ways of (Feminist) Knowing (20 credits)
  • Feminist Cultural Activism (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Option modules

  • Feminism & Sexuality (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
  • Gender & Violence (20 credits)
  • Women, Citizenship & Conflict (20 credits)

You will also take a compulsory IT session and Academic Integrity Module to ensure you have a basic knowledge of academic requirements and the digital literacy skills to optimise your learning and engagement with the course’s resources.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

Teaching is usually in the form of two-hour seminars which include group work and full class discussions. Seminars are led by a single tutor or run collaboratively by a team of academics.

You will be assigned a personal supervisor and you'll regularly meet with tutors, in seminars and during arranged meetings.

Facilities

As a student at the CWS, you will have access to a common room shared by students, academics, visitors and other University staff. The common room houses a small library of general interest women's studies books, as well as course resources.

All of our module materials are available in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Teaching location

You will be based in the Centre for Women’s Studies on Campus West, where most of your teaching will take place.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed in a number of different ways, depending on the modules you study.

Forms of assessment include:

  • presentations
  • reflexive journals
  • portfolio work
  • essays
  • dissertation

We pride ourselves on delivering detailed written and verbal feedback to all of our students. Whenever you complete an assessment you are encouraged to discuss your work with the tutors to improve your learning.

You’ll also receive feedback on assignments that don’t count towards your final grade, helping you to understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Careers and skills

Our programmes emphasise a feminist sensitivity to difference and power relations, advocating transferable skills applicable in the realms of public engagement and career development. You will learn to analyse your own preconceptions and engage with a wide variety of social/political issues, facilitating your development into responsible global citizens.

Fostering enhanced analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate complex ideas with nuance and awareness of difference and diversity, this MA in Women's Studies (Humanities) also offers a suitable foundation for graduates wishing to pursue doctoral research.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to work in industries such as:

  • Academia
  • Journalism
  • Public sector
  • Charity
  • NGO

Transferable skills

  • Reflexive independent learning
  • The ability to research, source and examine information thoroughly
  • The capacity to critically analyse evidence and construct coherent arguments
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Intellectual independence and autonomy
  • Teamwork
  • A flexible and open-minded approach to work

Visit the Women's Studies (Humanities) - MA page on the University of York website for more details!

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