MA in European Gender and Equality Studies

The MA in European Gender and Equality Studies is a 2-year, full-time programme of 240 UK credits (120 ECTS). It is run in conjunction with six other European partner universities: Abo Akademi, Finland; Université de Lausanne, Switzerland; Université de Lyon 2, France; Université Toulouse-Le Mireil, France; Universidad Autonoma Barcelona, Spain; and University of Bucharest, Romania.

Students who apply to the University of York (their ‘home’ university) spend the first and last terms at York but will undertake at least one mobility period, and if they wish two. Each mobility period will be spent at a different partner university. The first mobility period will occur in the spring/summer of the first year, the second in the autumn term of the second year. Your course therefore looks as follows:

  Autumn term Spring term Summer term
Year 1 At York (60 UK credits)
Mobility period (30 ECTS)
Year 2 At York OR second mobility period (60 UK credits/30 ECTS)
At York (Dissertation 60 UK credits)

Students can spend their mobility period/s at any of the partner universities, provided they have appropriate levels of language skills in the relevant languages. Note: Abo Akademi in Finland teaches in English so has no other language requirements. For the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland; the Université de Lyon 2, and the Université Toulouse-Le Mireil in France, knowledge of French to AS level or equivalent are required, and for the Universidad Autonoma Barcelona, Spain knowledge of Spanish to AS level or equivalent.

At the University of York, students take two compulsory modules (Difference, Diversity and Change; Work, Politics and Culture) as well as a selection of research methods and optional modules. These will be agreed with the supervisor they are allocated on arrival. You will also be allocated a dissertation supervisor at York, and will complete your dissertation at York. During their mobility period/s students follow the programmes of their host universities as specified by these.

This programme aims:

  • to provide a solid grounding in interdisciplinary Women’s Studies, emphasizing gendered aspects of social and cultural life in relation to other social divisions and inequalities
  • to enable students to expand their knowledge of European languages and cultures through spending the equivalent of a second semester in a further European country involved in the EGALES Masters
  • to expose students to an interdisciplinary range of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to and debates within Women’s Studies
  • to familiarize students with the epistemological and philosophical underpinnings of feminist methodologies
  • to foster the development of a critical, self-reflexive and independent approach to research and scholarship, as well as the acquisition of transferable skills
  • to equip students to design and implement an extended piece of independent research.
Module Credits
(UK)
Weekly Teaching Assessment
YEAR 1
Autumn term (at York)      
Difference, Diversity & Change
20
1 x 2 hr seminar Procedural essay;
assessed essay
Quantitative Methods & Data Analysis
20
1 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercise
or
   
Qualitative Methods
20
1 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercises
and an option from:
   
New Directions in Feminst Thought
20
1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Gender and Diasporic Identities
20
1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Gender, Violence and Justice
20
1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Spring term Mobility period abroad (60 UK credits/30 ECTS; core + options; languages studies)
Summer term
YEAR 2 (60 UK credits across the two terms [Autumn and Spring] + 60 UK credits for the dissertation)
Autumn term (at York)      
choose 1 or 2 from:      
New Directions in Feminst Thought
20
1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Gender and Diasporic Identities
20
1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Gender, Violence and Justice
20
1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Quantitative Methods & Data Analysis 20 1 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercise
Qualitative Methods 20 1 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercises
or Mobility period abroad (60 UK credits/30 ECTS; core + options; languages studies)
Spring term (at York)      
Work, Politics & Culture 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
and possibly 1 from:      
Feminism and Sexuality 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Women, Citizenship and Conflict 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
From Body Beautiful to Body Politic 20 1 x 2 hr seminar assessed essay
Advanced Research Methods 20 2 lecture + 2 hr workshop assessed exercise
Summer term (at York) Dissertation preparation (non-assessed; core)
And the Dissertation:
Dissertation 60 5 x supervisions 15-20,000 words

Detailed MA in European Gender and Equality Studies Programme Specifications for York will be available shortly.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MA are normally required to have
  • a Bachelor degree in a relevant subject to 2.i standard or equivalent
  • And/or relevant experience (through work; volunteering; or similar)
  • language requirement: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in English; AS level +1 additional year language training (minimum) or equivalent in French/Spanish for mobility period to any partner institution except Abo Akademi University where IIELTS 6.5 is required (classes taught in English)

Fees

Fees per year are currently (2014/5) Home/EU £4,340, Overseas £10,030

Last Updated: November 4, 2014 | hb14@york.ac.uk

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