SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF WOMEN'S STUDIES

Women's Studies Graduate Committee

Dr. Elizabeth Yeoman (Education) - Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Roberta Hammett (Education)
Dr. Phyllis Artiss (English)
Dr. Rosonna Tite (Education) - Coordinator (ex officio)
Leah Thompson (Graduate Student Representative)

The degree of Master of Women's Studies is designed for students from any discipline who have an appropriate background in Women's Studies. The objectives of the programme are:

to provide students with advanced courses in a broad range of Women's Studies specialties and particularly in Women's Studies theories and methods;

to equip students with the practical, theoretical and methodological skills to carry out independent research at the master's level; and to foster interdisciplinary approaches to the study of women.

The programme is administered by the Women's Studies Graduate Committee, the members of which are appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies on the advice of the Women's Studies Council. The members of the Graduate Committee are drawn from faculty teaching in the Women's Studies Programme.

There is a Chair of the Women's Studies Graduate Committee, who makes recommendations to the Dean concerning admission, financial support for students and all other matters pertaining to the graduate programme.

The Graduate Coordinator, on behalf of the Women's Studies Graduate Committee, makes recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies concerning admission, and financial support for students, and administers all other matters pertaining to the graduate programme.

MASTER OF WOMEN'S STUDIES DEGREE

The degree of Master of Women's Studies is offered by full- or part-time study. Candidates may choose a thesis or non-thesis (project or internship) programme. The programme draws scholarly participation from faculty members in a range of academic disciplines within the School of Graduate Studies.

A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY

COURSES


A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1) Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission, an applicant will normally hold an honours degree or equivalent, and will have a breadth of knowledge in Women's Studies satisfactory to the Women's Studies Graduate Committee.

2) Applicants who do not hold an honours degree, or do not have an adequate background in Women's Studies, may be required to complete one or more undergraduate course(s), the nature and number of which will be determined by the Women's Studies Graduate committee. These undergraduate courses may be taken before admission to the graduate programme or during a student's first semester in the programme. Candidates will be required to complete such courses with a minimum overall 'B' average.

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY

1. Upon admission each graduate student on the thesis programme will be assigned two supervisors from different disciplinary units. For students selecting the non-thesis option, one supervisor will be assigned.

2. All candidates are required to complete Women's Studies 6000, 6100, 6200, and 6300.

3. Three to nine additional elective credit hours approved by the Women's Studies Graduate Committee and the student's supervisor(s) will be required. These elective credit hours will comprise courses selected from graduate courses in cognate academic units, and/or Women's Studies 6380, 6500, and/or from the block of special topics courses in Women's Studies WSTD 6400-6409.

4. Each student will be required to give a public seminar on her/his thesis research, project, or internship before submission of her/his work.

C) THESIS

1. Candidates for the degree of Master of Women's Studies (thesis option) will be required to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours. Candidates will also be required to complete a thesis.

2. A thesis proposal, approved by the student's supervisors, will be presented to the Women's Studies Graduate Committee for its approval. The thesis proposal must normally be approved by the Women's Studies Graduate Committee no later than the end of the candidate's third semester in the programme.

3. The thesis will be evaluated in accordance with the procedures outlined in General Regulation J. of the School of Graduate Studies.

D) PROJECT

1. Candidates for the degree of Master of Women's Studies (project option) will be required to complete a minimum of 18 credit hours. Candidates will also be required to complete a project.

2. The Master's project, must be interdisciplinary in nature and aimed at linking theoretical and practical knowledge: by recognizing and articulating a problem to which Women's Studies knowledge can be applied; by developing and justifying practical approaches which seek to resolve the problem; and by creating a product that could be implemented in the community. The project report should consist of the project (e.g., a CD-ROM; a computer project; a manual or guidebook; a kit of learning resources; photographs; audio or videotape, etc.) as well as a literature-based rationale, theoretical basis and justification for its use. The length of the written portion of the project should be 50-70 pages. Regardless of the form that the project takes (e.g., a CD-ROM; a computer program; a manual or guidebook; a kit of learning resources; photographs; audio or videotape, etc.), there must be a written project report.

3. A project proposal, approved by the student's supervisor, will be presented to the Women's Studies Graduate Committee for its approval. The project proposal must normally be approved by the Women's Studies Graduate Committee no later than the end of the candidate's third semester in the programme.

4. The project will be evaluated in accordance with procedures outlined in General Regulation J. of the School of Graduate Studies.

E) INTERNSHIP

1. Candidates for the degree of Master of Women's Studies (internship option) will complete a minimum of 18 credit hours. Candidates will also be required to complete an internship.

2. Internship placements shall be for one semester. Part-time internships of two semesters will require approval from the proposed agency or institution and the Women's Studies Graduate Studies Committee.

3. Students, in consultation with their supervisor and the Women's Studies Graduate Coordinator, will explore internship options and locate an eligible person to provide field instruction during their internship. Although consideration will be given to all factors affecting the location and type of all Women's Studies internships, the final decision regarding internship rests with the Women's Studies Programme and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Factors affecting the type and location of the internship include: the number of immersion hours per week; the extent to which the intern takes up a trainee, supervisory and/or research role and whether the intern would be working directly or indirectly with clients of the agency or institution.

Each internship shall be supervised by a Supervisory Committee of at least three members, including the candidate's supervisor, the field supervisor, and Women's Studies Graduate Coordinator or her/his delegate.

The Supervisory Committee will meet with the intern and field instructor at least once during the internship period to make an assessment of the nature and quality of the intern's progress, and to approve any modifications to the internship.

4. The internship proposal, approved by the student's supervisors, will be presented to the Women's Studies Graduate Committee for its approval. The proposal must normally be approved by the Women's Studies Graduate Committee no later than the end of the candidate's third semester in the programme.

5. Regardless of the form that the internship takes, there must be a written internship report (35-50 pages). When the candidate completes the internship report, the Supervisory Committee will recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies a grade of pass or fail. A candidate will be permitted to submit an internship report only after the Committee has determined that the internship placement has been fully completed.

Should the Women's Studies Coordinator, on the recommendation of the Supervisory Committee, terminate the internship prior to its completion, it may recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies one of the following:

a) submission of a new internship proposal for a different field setting (once only);
b) selection of the thesis or project option;
c) termination of the student's programme.

COURSES

6000. Feminist Theory
6100. Epistemological and Methodological Approaches to Women's Studies
6200. Graduate Seminar in Women's Studies
6300. Feminism as Community
6380. Women, Nature, Science and Technology (Cross listed as Sociology 6380)
6400-6409. Special Topics in Women's Studies
6500. Women and Communication Studies


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