SPECIALIZATION IN WOMEN'S STUDIES


Graduate Program Co-ordinator L. Chambers
   
Core Graduate Faculty Members:
(Education) F. Blaikie,
  J. Epp,
  H. Fennell,
  S.C. Grover,
  C. Russell
(English) A. den Otter,
  F. Holmes,
  D. Ivison,
  J. Leggatt,
  G. Siddall,
  B. Stolar, 
  R. Warburton
(History) P. Jasen,
  H. Smith
J. Farrell,
(Psychology) J. Tan
(Social Work) M.L. Kelley,
  J. McMichael,
  M. McKee,
  J. Zamparo
(Sociology) R. Ariss,
  R. Nelsen,
  S.D. Stone,
  P. Wakewich
   
Internal Adjunct Faculty Members:  
(Anthropology) R. Warkentin
(Biology/Forestry) P. Tripp
(Kinesiology) J. Farrell
(Visual Arts) A. Clarke
(Women's Studies) L. Chambers

The Department of Women's Studies at Lakehead University is dedicated to furthering an understanding of the importance of gender as a category of analysis in scholarly inquiry. Through interdisciplinary instruction students will critically assess the relevance of existing models of knowledge in reflecting women's experience and scholarship. The aim of the program is to encourage the development and integration of feminist teaching, learning, and research within the university community and the community at large. This Collaborative Master's program allows students to combine advanced disciplinary research with feminist scholarship from the interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies. Upon completion of the program, the degree awarded specifies the discipline of the participating academic unit and notes the Specialization in Women's Studies.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be accepted into the Collaborative Master's Program with a Specialization in Women's Studies, students must first be admitted to the master's program in one of the six participating academic units: Education, English, History, Psychology, Social Work or Sociology. The student's application will then be reviewed by the Women's Studies Graduate Committee. Preference will be given to students who have a major or minor in Women's Studies, have taken undergraduate courses in Women's Studies or with Women's Studies content, or have relevant work or volunteer experience dealing with issues in Women's Studies.

Students will normally apply for acceptance to the Collaborative Program with Specialization in Women's Studies at the same time as they apply for admission to the graduate program of the collaborating academic unit. Application deadline is February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be eligible for funding.

 

PROGRAMS

SPECIALIZATION IN WOMEN'S STUDIES

The Specialization in Women's Studies consists of one full-year core course - Women's Studies 5101 - Theory and Method in Women's Studies and a thesis or major research paper/project.

Thesis/Research Paper/Project

The thesis or major research paper/project must incorporate feminist scholarship. The proposed topic must be approved by representatives of both the primary Department and the Women's Studies Graduate Committee. If deemed appropriate, there may be joint supervision by a member of the student's academic unit and a person named by the Women's Studies Graduate Committee.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS OF COLLABORATING DEPARTMENTS

1. EDUCATION
for students entering the program before July 1, 2003:

MEd Curriculum Studies (Specialization in Women's Studies)
or MEd Educational Administration (Specialization in Women's Studies)

Those students who complete the Women's Studies Specialization would obtain either an MEd in Curriculum Studies with Specialization in Women's Studies or an MEd in Educational Administration with Specialization in Women's Studies.

Thesis Route
Students wishing to pursue the Women's Studies specialization would be required to choose the Women's Studies Core Course 5101 to fulfil the requirement of the two general half course electives and complete a thesis on a topic related to Women's Studies.

Project Route
Students in the Collaborative Program would be required to choose the Women's Studies Core Course 5101 to fulfil the requirement of two of the general half course electives and complete a project on a topic related to Women's Studies.

1. EDUCATION
MEd (Specialization in Women's Studies)
for students entering the program after July 1, 2003:

Thesis Route
Students wishing to pursue the Women's Studies specialization would be required to choose the Women's Studies Core Course 5101 to fulfil the requirements of two half course electives and complete a thesis on a topic related to Women's Studies.

Portfolio Route
Students in the Collaborative Program would be required to choose the Women's Studies Core Course 5101 to fulfil the requirements of two half course electives and complete a portfolio on a topic related to Women's Studies.

2. ENGLISH
MA English (Specialization in Women's Studies)

The Department offers a Thesis Option, a Research-Project Option and a Course-Work Option leading to the degree of Master of Arts. Students will be able to specialize in Women's Studies in each of these tracks.

To fulfill the Women's Studies option, the student must successfully complete Women's Studies 5101 and English 5790, as well as satisfy the following requirements:

Thesis students will take an elective half-course in English at the graduate level and write a thesis (2 FCEs) upon a subject related to both English and Women's Studies, for a total of 4 FCEs.

Research-Project students will take three elective half-courses (or the equivalent) in English at the graduate level and write a research project (1 FCE) upon a subject related to both English and Women's Studies, for a total of 4 FCEs.

Course-work students will take five elective half-courses (or the equivalent) in English at the graduate level for a total of 4 FCEs. Two of the major papers written for these graduate course(s) must be focused on a subject related to Women's Studies. One page proposals must be approved by an English-based Women Studies subcommittee no later than six weeks into the term(s).

3. HISTORY
MA History (Specialization in Women's Studies)

Thesis Program

Students in the Women's Studies Specialization will complete Women's Studies 5101; two half-courses from: History 5111, 5215, 5311, 5411, 5511, 5515, 5611, 5711, 5731 or 5771 in the fall term; as well as the thesis, History 5901 (equivalent to two FCEs) on a topic related to Women's Studies, for a total of four FCEs. Students will complete this program in 24 months of full-time study.

Cognate Paper Program
Students in the Women's Studies Specialization will complete Women's Studies 5101, two of the following pairs of half-courses: History 5111 and 5113; History 5215 and 5217; History 5311 and 5313; History 5411 and 5413; History 5511 and 5513; History 5515 and 5517; History 5611 and 5613; History 5711 and 5713; History 5731 and 5733; or History 5771 and 5772; as well as the cognate paper, History 5820 (one FCE) on a topic related to Women's Studies, for a total of four FCEs. Students will complete this program within 12 months of full-time study.

Course-Work Program
Students in the Women's Studies Specialization will complete Women's Studies 5101, and one of the following pairs of half courses: History 5111 and 5113, or History 5215 and 5217; plus two of the following pairs of half-courses: History 5311 and 5313; History 5411 and 5413; History 5511 and 5513; History 5515 and 5517; History 5611 and 5613; History 5711 and 5713; History 5731 and 5733; or History 5771 and 5772, for a total of four FCEs. (If neither 5111/5113 or 5215/5217 are offered during the two year period of the program, specialization students may take 5711/5713 with a topic related to Women's Studies.) Students will complete this program within 24 months of full-time study.

4. PSYCHOLOGY
MA Clinical Psychology (Specialization in Women's Studies)
or MSc Experimental Psychology (Specialization in Women's Studies)

Students in the Clinical or Experimental Master's programs may apply for acceptance into the Collaborative Program with Specialization in Women's Studies. They would take the Women's Studies Core Course 5101 (full course) in place of a full course Psychology elective. (Therefore, Experimental MSc students would be required to complete 5.5 full course equivalents; Clinical MA students would be required to complete 6 full course equivalents.) Students would also do a master's thesis in the area of Women's Studies.

5. SOCIAL WORK
MSW (Specialization in Women's Studies)

To complete the requirements of the Specialization in Women's Studies, students must complete Women's Studies 5101 (one FCE instead of two half-course Social Work electives for Project Students and instead of a half-course Social Work elective for Thesis Students). In addition, the practicum, project or thesis must focus on Women's Studies.

6. SOCIOLOGY
MA Sociology (Specialization in Women's Studies)

The Department offers a Thesis Program and a Non-Thesis Program leading to the degree of Master of Arts. Students will be able to specialize in Women's Studies in either of these tracks.

Thesis Program
Students in the Women's Studies specialization will take Women's Studies 5101 to fulfil the requirement of two elective half courses and complete a thesis on a topic related to Women's Studies.

Non-Thesis Program
Students in the Women's Studies specialization will complete Women's Studies 5101 to fulfil the requirement of two elective half courses and complete their research paper on a topic related to Women's Studies.

 

COURSES

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Women's Studies 5101
Theory and Method in Women's Studies
This course provides an exploration of contemporary theory and method in the interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies. Students normally take Women's Studies 5101 during the first year of the master's program.
Students who have not been admitted to a Collaborative Masters Program with Specialization in Women's Studies require the permission of the instructors.


See also:
Faculty of Graduate Studies
- Information/Regulations

Department of Women's Studies - Undergraduate

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