About This Masters Degree
Choose Kingston's Gender without Borders MAThe Gender Without Borders MA is an interdisciplinary masters, taught across three core subjects, English, philosophy and sociology, while also allowing you to take options in other disciplines, according to your interests. It explores gender as it intersects with race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and disability. The course is taught in a seminar style that is student led by a team of experts that combines international reputations with dynamic, research-led teaching.
This course considers gender across disciplinary borders in a self-consciously transdisciplinary way, interrogating assumptions of both the humanities and social sciences. Its focus is not exclusively on women, but it conceives of gender in a fluid way, across the borders of the traditional divide between genders, by taking transgender seriously. It also incorporates transnational perspectives, reflecting upon the invisible whiteness that is normatively stipulated by discourses that present themselves as neutral with regard to race, while in fact privileging Eurocentric and post-colonial biases.
Two fully funded scholarships are available on a competitive basis.
What will you study?The course is designed to allow you to reflect critically upon a range of intersecting differences, race, gender, class, sexuality, and disability in such a way as to resist the scripts of white, heteronormative, ableist privilege that tend to invisibly structure discourse unless a concerted effort is made not to allow default social scripts to circulate unchallenged.
The central and organising question of the two core modules is how different sites of privilege, discrimination and marginalisation intersect with one another, and whether and how the discourse of intersectionality adequately theorises the way in which divergent aspects of identity relate to one another. You will engage with texts and debates in a rigorous, critical and transdisciplinary manner, interrogating the relation between theory and practice in creative ways. You will develop the skills necessary to be able to conduct sustained, independent and original research. You will also have the opportunity to pursue you own disciplinary interests by pursuing optional modules in a range of disciplines.
AssessmentCoursework and dissertation.
Course structurePlease note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Core modulesAdvanced Interdisciplinary Critical Skills
Gender Without Borders Dissertation
Interrogating Intersectional Differences: Gender, Race, Sexuality, Class
Optional modulesDiffractive Creativities, Transversal Practices
Gender and Sexuality
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema
Gender, Race and Class
Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
What this course offers youThis course:
reflects the research strengths of internationally recognised faculty members;
fuses theory and practice;
highlights the humanities (English and philosophy) as well as the social sciences (sociology), in a self-consciously reflective, transdisciplinary way; and
focuses on gender in its contextual relations to race, sexuality, class and other differences, with a particular emphasis on transnational and transgender contexts.
English language requirementsAll non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
Gender Without Borders MA
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The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are: BA or BSc. In normal circumstances, at least a 2:1 or upper second-class honours degree will be required.Exceptionally, an equivalent will be considered on an individual basis-for example relevant experience in the workforce, supplemented by a written sample analysing and justifying why the candidate should be accepted.All candidates will be interviewed either in person or by Skype/phone.