MA Gender and Culture
is available on a 12-month full-time or a 24-month part-time basis. The course has five modules: four compulsory, one elective.
provides you with the opportunity to focus on researching gender with a particular emphasis on feminist research practices. In exploring a range of disciplinary perspectives, you will focus on epistemological, methodological and ethical considerations. In particular, the course looks at these considerations with relation to research design and methods.
The module also encourages you to think beyond disciplinary boundaries and develop an understanding of the possibilities of interdisciplinary research. You will critically analyse research practice from a gender and feminist perspective, review and appraise research findings, and synthesise information and knowledge from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary sources and perspectives.
engages with contemporary theoretical approaches within gender studies. Exploring the social and individual processes involved in the enactment of gender relations, the module investigates alternative, complementary and conflicting explanations for the source and operation of gender.
Investigating the historical, social and individual significance of gender, you will examine various areas of social life where gender shapes interactions and forms meaning: in particular, you will consider family roles, reproductive technologies, citizenship, sexuality, culture and personal biography.
allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the centre's MA/PhD supervisory panel.
Through the dissertation, you demonstrate your ability to develop and complete an in-depth analysis, select and use appropriate research methods, deploy advanced theoretical concepts and relate a focused study to broader debates and concerns.
Feminist cultural theory
introduces and assesses the main theoretical resources mobilised by feminist cultural analysis, including historical materialism, structuralism, semiotics, poststructuralism, discourse theory, postcolonial theory, deconstruction and psychoanalysis.
You will examine theories of difference, gender, cultural identity and sexuality, race and class formations in relation to sexual difference and the exchange of women. The module will trace a history of the development of the main theoretical debates in feminist analysis of culture.
In addition to the compulsory modules, you also choose a module from the following list.
- Revisioning Histories of Modernism (Femininity, Modernity, Representation)
- Feminist Criticism and Practice in the Contemporary Visual Arts
- Global Genders
- Que(e)rying Sexualities
- Gender, Race and Culture
- Contested Bodies
- Gender, Communications and Popular Culture
- German Cinema Into the New Millenium
- Representing Women in Medieval Literature
- Issues in Contemporary Musicology
- Contemporary Issues in Religion and Gender
For more information about both the compulsory and elective modules, please consult the module catalogue
Full-time students may take either three modules in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation, or two modules in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2, as well as the dissertation.
Part-time students have some flexibility as to when they take their modules, but we do advise candidates to consider the credit load between semesters. One pattern may be to take three modules in the first year, with two in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2. This leaves one module and the dissertation for the second year.