The MA in Culture and Thought after 1945 is a flexible taught programme that draws on the rich offerings of six departments and centres at York.
Students have the opportunity to explore the key developments of the contemporary period in original and exciting ways, from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The MA allows students to construct a programme that suits their particular interests: students can choose from a wide range of option modules and explore the methodologies and subject matter of multiple disciplines.
Students can take the course full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). All students follow the team-taught core module and three MA optional modules offered by partner departments (English, the Centre for Women’s Studies, History, History of Art, Sociology and Theatre, Film and Television). Coursework consists of four assessed essays of approximately 4,500 words each. The Summer Term and the rest of the academic year are devoted to the production of a c.15,000-20,000-word dissertation, which is submitted at the end of September.
The core module, ‘Framing the Contemporary’, introduces students to a variety of approaches to studying the art, culture, and thought of the period post-1945 to the present. Because the MA is interdisciplinary, the core course has a strong methodological bent, providing students with an introduction to the various means by which different disciplines conceptualise and analyse the period. The module is team taught by tutors from the different departments involved in the MA, each contributing sessions that highlight a central way in which their discipline categorises the period (for example, the shift from modern to postmodern in English, or the end of Empire in History), while providing examples of the methodological tools used to construct this way of reading the period.
The MA is fully modularised and divided into 4 taught modules - the compulsory core module (Framing the Contemporary) plus three option modules.
In the Autumn Term full-time students take one option module from relevant programmes in our partner departments: Archaeology, English, History, History of Art, Sociology and the Centre for Women's Studies. In the Spring Term two option modules are taken.
Part-time students take their first option module in the Spring Term of Year 1, and their second and third option modules in the Autumn and Spring Terms of Year 2.
The option modules offered vary from year to year, depending upon the interests and availability of staff (see our website for details: http://www.york.ac.uk/modernstudies/study/ma_culture_and_thought_after_1945/#tab-4
We are looking to attract applicants with a strong 2:1 or 1:0 undergraduate degree in an arts, humanities or social science subject and we expect the degree to have provided some foundation for theoretical and interdisciplinary considerations of culture and thought after 1945.