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Department of Women's Studies


5102A Academic Quadrangle, (604) 2913333 Tel, (604) 2915518 Fax, www.sfu.ca/womens-studies

Chair

M. Kimball BA (Macalester), PhD (Mich)

Graduate Program Chair

S. Wendell BA (NY State), PhD (Br Col)

Faculty and Areas of Research

M. Griffin Cohen, Political Science - feminist economics, public policy

M. Kimball, Psychology - feminist theories of gender, feminist critiques of science, feminist psychoanalytic theories, women and achievement

J. Levitin, Contemporary Arts - women and film: theory and production, women and popular culture, women and comedy, Third World film and women

M. MacDonald, Women's Studies - feminist critiques of gender equity in science and technology; ecofeminist analyses of the professionalization of environmental caring

M.L. Stewart, History - women in Europe, French fashion and beauty industry

S. Wendell, Women's Studies - feminist social and political theory, feminist ethics, feminist epistemology, disability studies

H. Zaman, Women's Studies - women and work in comparative perspective, gender and development, feminist research methods, women of colour and Canadian feminism, Third World

Associate Members

B. Burtch, Criminology

H. Dawkins, Contemporary Arts

P. Dossa, Sociology and Anthropology

K. Faith, Criminology

H. Gay, History

A.T. McLaren, Sociology/Anthropology

K. Mezei, English

B. Pitman, Geography

The master's program in women's studies is an interdisciplinary program and it is possible, therefore, for the master's student, in co-operation with the women's studies graduate committee, to create an individualized program of studies to suit the student's scholarly interests and goals.

The program is designed to lead to a strong academic research degree. Students will be expected to develop and demonstrate intellectual and analytical skills within a specific area of study.

The program recognizes the special needs of those already working who may wish to improve their qualifications. Some graduate courses may be offered at night, and part time students are permitted.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the women's studies graduate program committee that they are prepared academically to undertake graduate level work in women's studies.

In addition to University requirements, listed in the Graduate General Regulations section, the program requires

A student will be admitted into a specific option (thesis, two extended essays or course intensive) and should apply to that option.

Qualified students will be accepted into the MA thesis option only if a suitable senior supervisor is available and willing to supervise the student. Senior supervisors will be selected from joint appointees in women's studies and continuing faculty members on the co-ordinating committee of the Department of Women's Studies including associate members.

A student can switch from one option to another only with the approval of the graduate program committee. A student can transfer to the thesis option only if there is a suitable supervisor available. A student with incomplete academic preparation for the MA program may be required to take up to 12 hours of additional work in either women's studies or another relevant program.

The graduate committee, which will deal with admissions and all matters pertaining to individual students, will consist of all continuing faculty members on the co-ordinating committee.

Degree Requirements

The student normally will complete the following requirements.

The student will be required to take an oral examination on her or his thesis or papers at the end of the MA program. see "1.9 Preparation for Examinations"..

or

Upon admission, the student will be assigned a two member advisory committee which has the responsibility for ensuring that the student fulfils all degree requirements. For further information concerning requirements, consult the departmental graduate handbook.

Supervisory Committee

Following the student's enrolment, a supervisory committee will be formed which has responsibility for determining, in consultation with the student, the projected program of study, selecting appropriate research topics, and ensuring that the candidate fulfils all degree requirements. The senior supervisor will be selected from joint appointees in women's studies and continuing faculty members on the coordinating committee. Other faculty outside the department who are considered necessary by the student and her/his supervisors may also be added to the committee.

Graduate Courses

WS 800-5 Methodology in Women's Studies Research

An interdisciplinary seminar in methods of research in women's studies. Students will examine theoretical issues in women's studies methodology and study examples of research and criticism from women's studies in history, art/literary criticism, philosophy, psychology and social and natural sciences. Emphasis will be placed on developing a rigorous and creative interdisciplinary approach to problems. Students will apply methods studied in the course to their own areas of concentration.

WS 800-5 Methodology in Women's Studies Research

An interdisciplinary seminar in methods of research in women's studies. Students will examine theoretical issues in women's studies methodology and study examples of research and criticism from women's studies in history, art/literary criticism, philosophy, psychology and social and natural sciences. Emphasis will be placed on developing a rigorous and creative interdisciplinary approach to problems. Students will apply methods studied in the course to their own areas of concentration.

WS 820-5 Graduate Seminar in Women's History

This course will examine one or two critical issues in the history of women. Canada, England and France are of special interest in this course, but students, with the permission of the instructor, may focus their work on North America and/or Europe generally.

WS 821-5 Graduate Seminar in Psychology of Women

This course will consist of an in depth exploration of both traditional and feminist theories of the development of female personality. Special consideration will be given to the impact of social and economic factors on women's psychology and the extent to which such factors are or are not taken into account.

WS 822-5 Graduate Seminar in Feminist Theory

This course will analyse and compare major feminist social and political theories, including those that have emerged from liberal, socialist and radical feminist traditions. The relationship among theories of sexism and political goals and practices will be discussed.

WS 823-5 Graduate Seminar in Feminist Art/Literary Criticism

This course will examine the development of feminist aesthetic theories with particular reference to literary, cinematic and/or art forms. The fundamental assumptions of feminist literary and/or art criticism as well as the principles of art forms will be discussed.

WS 824-5 Graduate Seminar on Women and Social Policy

This course will focus on one or more social issues and policies in such fields as law, health, economics, social welfare, and science and technology.

WS 825-5 Graduate Seminar in Women, Technology and Social Change

This course will focus on relationships between changes in the technological and scientific bases of a society and changes in other major aspects of that society, particularly as they affect women's roles and ideas about women. Emphasis will be on Europe and North America.

WS 830-5 Selected Topics Graduate Seminar I
WS 831-5 Selected Topics Graduate Seminar II
WS 840-5 Directed Studies
WS 898-0 MA Thesis
WS 999-0 MA Field Exam

Prerequisite: completion of six graduate courses



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