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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

Explore the challenges, developments and possibilities of this evolving subject. You'll address a diverse range of theoretical and methodological approaches to women's and gender studies, challenging your assumptions and academic understanding.

This MA offers the opportunity to study the complex issues and debates within women’s studies and gain a critical understanding of the intersections between feminist thought and wider social and cultural debates. An emphasis on practical research and feminist methodologies will equip you with the advanced research skills to enable you to conduct a substantial piece of independent research.

Founded in 1984, the Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) at York is the home to a thriving international community where you’ll study alongside prominent academics in an array of related fields, from queer studies to feminist theory, political violence, 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.

The modules will allow 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 research project within the 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 the dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Approaching Women's Studies (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
  • Feminist Research Methodologies (20 credits)
  • Ways of (Feminist) Knowing (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Option modules

  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
  • Feminism & Sexuality (20 credits)
  • Gender & Violence (20 credits)
  • Feminist Cultural Activism (20 credits)
  • Women, Citizenship and 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 Centre for Women's Studies, you will have access to a common room shared by students, academics, visitors and other University staff.

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 to 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 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
  • Non-governmental Organisation

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 - MA page on the University of York website for more details!

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