SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF WOMEN'S STUDIES

Women's Studies Graduate Committee

Dr. Rosonna Tite (Education) - Chair
Dr. Noreen Golfman (Women's Studies), ex officio
Dr. Shirley Solberg (Nursing)
Dr. Joan Scott (Biology)

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 theory 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.

MASTER OF WOMEN'S STUDIES DEGREE

The degree of Master of Women's Studies is offered by full- or part-time study. 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

I) 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.

ii) Applicants who do not hold an honours degree, or do not have an adequate background in Women's Studies, may be required to complete, prior to consideration for admission, a number of undergraduate courses, the nature and number of which will be determined by the Women's Studies Graduate Committee. Candidates will be required to complete such courses with a minimum overall 'B' average.

B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY

i.a.) Candidates for the degree of Master of Women's Studies will be required to complete not fewer than 12 credit hours, nor more than 18. Candidates will also be required to complete a thesis.

i.b.) Upon admission each graduate student will be supervised by at least one faculty member.

ii) In the case of full-time students, the degree of Master of Women's Studies will normally be completed in two years. The first year will normally be devoted to the completion of all courses, the definition of a thesis research topic and presentation of a thesis proposal. The second year will normally be devoted to the completion of a thesis.

iii.a) All candidates are required to complete Women's Studies 6000, 6100, and 6200.

iii.b) Three to nine additional credit hours approved by the Women's Studies Graduate Committee will be required. These 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.

iv. A thesis proposal, approved by the student's supervisor(s), will be presented to the Women's Studies Graduate Committee for their approval. The thesis proposal must be approved by the Women's Studies Graduate Committee no later than the end of the candidate's fourth semester in the programme.

COURSES

6000. Feminist Theory
6100. Epistemological and Methodological Approaches to Women's Studies
6200. Graduate Seminar in Women's Studies
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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