What is gender and how does it influence our thinking about concepts such as equality, difference, and justice? On the MLitt in Gender Studies you will explore the theory and history of gender studies and its application to contemporary debates.
- Introduces key topics in gender studies, providing a broad-based overview of the field.
- Interdisciplinary character helps you to develop a more rounded understanding of gender studies questions and concepts.
- Prepares students for further academic study and research.
- Links with the St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies bring you into contact with current gender studies research across different disciplines.
- Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of personal and professional competencies.
The MLitt in Gender Studies is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character and an emphasis on an intersectional understanding of gender. You will also benefit from links with the St Andrews Institute of Gender Studies.
Gender studies are inherently interdisciplinary. On this MLitt subject experts from across the University provide their own disciplinary perspectives on key topics. Your learning will encompass feminism and women’s studies, masculine studies, sexism and oppression, and queer theory. In this way you will engage with critical perspectives on gender and related subjects.
You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of gender studies questions and concepts and learn how to critically discuss gender from multiple disciplinary perspectives. You will also demonstrate your ability to solve complex problems by critical understanding, analysis, and synthesis.
The degree will be of particular interest if you intend to continue to doctoral research as it provides a broad-based programme of study culminating in a supervised research project.
The MLitt in Gender Studies is committed to the intersectional analysis of the phenomena it examines. You will explore the history and nature of key theoretical concepts in gender studies and the ways in which gender is defined, generated, and communicated in different academic and non-academic contexts. You will learn how to evaluate and construct arguments concerning the application of theoretical accounts of gender to contemporary questions and how to articulate controversies surrounding gender in the contemporary world. In doing so you will develop your understanding of how gender interacts with class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, inequality, and power.
The MLitt includes an integrated programme of skills workshops that connect your academic learning with the development of personal and professional competencies. Workshops bring together students from other Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections.
The MLitt in Gender Studies has close links with the St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies. The Institute brings together more than 100 academic affiliates from 17 of the University’s schools and, as part of your studies, you will be encouraged to attend Institute events and to reflect on your learning from these. These links will bring you into contact with current gender studies research across different disciplines, helping to give your studies a remarkable richness and depth.
The taught modules are taken over two semesters – September to December (Semester 1) and January to May (Semester 2). The period from June to August is used to complete the end of degree project.
Each taught module will use teaching and learning methods appropriate to its aims. These may include seminars, workshops, lectures, tutorials, and independent study.
Assessment methods used may include essays, reports, presentations, practical exercises, reflective exercises, and examinations.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.