Gender, Sexuality and Culture (MA)

Year of entry

2017

Start date

October 2017

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

Two years part-time or one year full-time

Attendance

One evening a week part-time or two evenings a week full-time, October to September

Other entry years for this course

2018

This programme is built around the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, bridging the divide between the social sciences and the arts and humanities.

The Gender, Sexuality and Culture programme is designed for those with special interests in the humanities, including literature, history, media and film, visual art, philosophy and cultural theory. It addresses the latest debates, using cutting-edge research from this exciting and growing area of study. It considers competing theories and approaches to gender and sexuality, and explores the ways in which these intersect with concepts of race, ethnicity, age and class.

This course will develop your ability to discuss diverse theories of gender and sexuality and consider how gender and sexuality are represented, and operate, within relevant humanities or social sciences literatures. You will be given a firm grounding in gender theory and will develop the confidence to apply appropriate theories to your independent research project.

Read Dr Dominic Janes from the Department of History of Art discussing Birkbeck's strong track-record in gender and sexuality studies.

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Highlights

  • Interdisciplinary programmes with the choice between a focus on the humanities or on political and social issues.
  • This programme is linked to Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS). BiGS hosts experts in the field, organises a diverse range of events throughout the year, including dedicated postgraduate workshops and seminars, and sponsors a lively student postgraduate forum, which runs reading groups, workshops and symposia, as well as the BiGS students' blog.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
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Course structure

You complete a core module, three option modules and a dissertation.

Full-time students generally take one option module in Term 1 and two option modules in Term 2; part-time students generally take one option module in Term 2 of their first year, one in Term 1 of their second year, and one in Term 2 of their second year. However, option modules are available in all three terms.

You will choose option modules from two lists compiled each year: you must take at least two option modules from the MA Gender options list and may take one option module from the MSc Gender options list.

Workshops and presentations of students’ research take place throughout the year.

Please note, the below list is a selection of classes which may potentially run and is not a timetable for any given academic year.

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