The MA in Women's Studies course has been offered in UCC for over 20 years. It is ideally suited to Irish, international and mature students (male and female) and this contributes to a dynamic mix in classes.
This is a challenging course that involves a wide variety of possibilities for interdisciplinary study and for contact with community and other organisations dealing with women's and gender issues.
The course covers a range of themes including representations of women in history, literature and popular culture (music and film); gender and sexuality; women and politics; women, work and family, and gender violence.
You will be provided with training in research skills and introduced to theoretical material that will enhance your personal research in Part II of the course, the dissertation.
During the taught months of the course, from late September to May, themes like those above are explored in lectures, seminars and on fieldtrips, and are addressed by guest speakers.
On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
formulate arguments that reflect a critical and comprehensive, interdisciplinary knowledge of feminist debates around social and cultural issues
communicate those arguments effectively both orally and in writing
apply concepts, theories and methodologies appropriately at postgraduate level
assess how differences (race, ethnicity, class, sexual identity, time, place, values etc.) inform theoretical positions
critically evaluate evidence drawn from existing research and scholarship
design and pursue independent research
use the transferable skills developed through engagement with the self-directed learning, research and academic writing aspects of the course.
You will have a minimum of six contact hours per week with staff from September to May (most classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm) and there are additional, timetabled, research skills training hours.
You will participate in seminars, directed reading, research skills training, essay and report writing, maintaining the reflective journal, student presentations, and one or two fieldtrips. You will also have the opportunity to attend some sessions with visiting speakers.
In December and March, the review weeks provide you with an opportunity for research, revision, reading and essay writing.
From May to September, you will concentrate on completing your thesis, under the supervision of a dedicated member of staff. This will allow you to develop your research skills and your knowledge of an area of particular interest or passion.
Who teaches this course
The teaching team is drawn from a variety of college disciplines and may vary slightly from year to year. The following areas are usually involved: English, Film Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Applied Social Studies, Folklore, Hispanic Studies, Italian, German, Law, and History.
Why Choose This Course
The MA in Women's Studies course suits students from a wide range of academic disciplines and employment backgrounds. As well as those whose life and work experience directed them towards Women's Studies, we have had mathematics, science, business and law, as well as social science and humanities, graduates among our students.