The mix of interests, subject disciplines and perspectives has resulted in great debates and conversation
MA convenor: Dr Gerard McCann (email@example.com)
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.
The course has granted me the freedom to pursue a wide range of research interests where the taught aspect has expanded my horizons rather than limited the areas I can explore.
The core module provides a foundation in various disciplinary and transdisciplinary ways of conceptualising and analysing the contemporary.
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 (Archaeology, English, the Centre for Women’s Studies, History, History of Art and Sociology).
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 14,000-16,000-word dissertation, which is submitted at the end of September.
Tutors are excellent, thorough, enthusiastic and exceptional at encouraging group interrogation
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.
Really good [seminar group dynamics], with lots of involvement and discussion
After successfully completing the core module students should have:
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. The next tab shows a provisional list of options for the forthcoming year.
Here is a list of the option modules that we are offering in 2018-19.
|Archaeology||Making the Nation||ARC00022M||Jonathan Finch|
|English and Related Literature||Reading Modernity||ENG00030M||Various|
|English and Related Literature||Debating Global Literary Culture 1800-present||ENG00027M||Various|
English and Related Literature
|Film/Literature Encounters: History, Theory, Criticism||ENG00014M||Michael McCluskey|
|English and Related Literature||Sicily between Page and Screen||ENG00111M||Nicoletta Asciuto|
|English and Related Literature||Unspeakable Bodies: Theorising Queer and Abject Embodiment in Literature, Art, Medical History, & Culture,1880-present||ENG00099M||Boriana Alexandrova-Isgate|
|History||Approaches to Modern History||HIS00010M||Jasper Heinzen|
|History||The Making of the Contemporary World: History, Politics and Ideas since 1945||HIS00053M||Sam Wetherell, Sara Van Goozen|
|History||Global Visions and Local Action: The History and Politics of International Health||HIS00056M||Alexander Medcalf|
|History||Neoliberalism and its Discontents: The World Since 1968||HIS00099M||Sam Wetherell|
|History||Critical Studies in History, Humanities and Wider Interdisciplinarity||HIS00091M||Various|
|History||Russian Foreign Policy from Alexander I to Vladimir Putin||HIS00074M||Shane O'Rourke|
|History||Mending the Past: History & the Politics of Guilt & Reparation||HIS00081M||Geoff Cubitt|
|History||Ethical Colonialism: the Social, Economic and Political Development of the British Empire, 1947-64||HIS00112M||David Clayton|
|History of Art||The Uses of Photography||HOA00069M||James Boaden|
|Centre for Women's Studies||Gender and Violence||WOM00007M||Clare Bielby|
|Centre for Women's Studies||Feminist Cultural Activism||WOM00006M||Ann Kaloski Naylor|
|Archaeology||Empires of Improvement||ARC00023M||Tom Fitton|
|English and Related Literature||Useful Cinema: Documentary, Educational, and Activist Film||ENG00097M||Michael McCluskey|
|English and Related Literature||Narrative, Fiction, Theory||ENG00023M||Richard Walsh|
|English and Related Literature||Modern Theatre and the Political Imagination||ENG00094M||Emilie Morin|
|English and Related Literature||Political Fictions: Film and the Novel in the Global 21st Century||ENG00078M||Adam Kelly|
|History||Public History placement||HIS00050M||Hannah Greig|
|History||The End of Empire in the Caribbean||HIS00047M||Henrice Altink|
|History of Art||Habitats: Art and the Environment in Italy, 1945-75||HOA00083M||Teresa Kittler|
|History of Art||Monument, Object, Fetish, Artefact: Contesting ‘Modern’ Sculpture||HOA00082M||Michael White|
|History of Art||Toil and Trouble: Feminism and Art Now||HOA00081M||Cadence Kinsey|
|Sociology||Culture, Society & Globalization II: Inequalities & Practices||SOC00019M||Nisha Kapoor|
|Sociology||Law and Social Control||SOC00016M||Katy Sian|
|Sociology||Metrics and Society||SOC00022M||David Beer|
|Centre for Women's Studies||Feminism and Sexuality||WOM00005M||Evangeline Tsao|
|Centre for Women's Studies||Women, Citizenship and Conflict||WOM00010M||Clare Bielby|