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2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East/North Africa (M.A.)


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Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East/North Africa


The graduate program in Gender and Women’s Studies offers advanced study in three tracks:

• Gender and Justice
• Gendered Political Economies
• Gender  and Women’s Studies in the Middle East/ North Africa


The graduate program in Gender and Women’s studies prepares graduates for a wide variety of professional careers. Specialists in gender and women’s studies are being hired as consultants in international development agencies, local NGO’s, national government agencies, all of which hire people that have special training in understanding gender relations. Students wishing to pursue doctoral work will find that interdisciplinary training in gender and women’s studies equips them with theoretical and methodological strengths in most disciplines and applied research fields. Consistent with the mission of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary graduate program.

Gender and Justice


Gender and Justice offers advanced study of contemporary practices and problems of justice ranging from international justice regimes to national legal cultures to social and economic justice claims with a particular focus on the global south. 

Gendered Political Economies


The specialization in Gendered Political Economies engages with shifts in the gendering of economic and political trajectories of late modernity. It deals with issues relating to poverty, labor politics, political economies of desire, migration, mobility and development histories and practices. The aim is to provide students with a solid grounding in the nexus between gender and modalities for reorganizing the political economic order in the contemporary world.

Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East/ North Africa


The Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East, North Africa focus offers an interdisciplinary field of analysis that draws its questions and approaches from the humanities and social sciences through investigating how relations of gender are embedded in social, political and cultural formations. It provides students with an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective with special emphasis on the Middle East and North African region.

The requirements for the tracks are as follows


Specialization in Gender and Justice


There are four required courses:

Electives:


The remaining four courses are electives selected from three course groups: Group 1: Geographies of Justice, Group 2: Conflict, Identity, Reconstruction, Group 3: The Gendered Subject of Law. Students must select at least one course from each group.

Specialization in Gendered Political Economies


There are six required courses:
 

Electives:


The remaining two courses are 500 level electives. Of these, one course at the 400 level may be considered for credit with approval of the IGWS Graduate Advisory Committee.
 

Specialization in Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East/North Africa


There are three required courses:

Electives:


The remaining five courses are electives, two of which have to be GWST courses. Students select the remaining three electives at the 500 level across the social sciences and humanities from a selected list. Of these, one course at the 400 level may be considered for credit with approval of the IGWS Graduate Advisory Committee.
 

MA Thesis


All students must complete a thesis according to university regulations.  Students must register for GWST 599.  Before commencing work on the thesis, the student must have a thesis proposal approved by the IGWS Graduate Advisory Committee.  Students should familiarize themselves with the specific procedural requirements of the IGWS thesis.  Guidelines are available in the IGWS office and on the web.

Admission


Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program should have an undergraduate degree of high standing in the social sciences or humanities with an overall grade of gayyid giddan or a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Those who lack this background but who are exceptionally well qualified may be admitted provisionally. Provisional admission usually involves additional non-credit coursework to prepare the applicant for graduate work over one or two semesters. Provisionally accepted students must successfully complete the required prerequisites before being admitted to enroll in GWST graduate courses. Students are admitted to the graduate degree program in the fall semester only.

Note


The list of electives for the three track specializations are reviewed by the IGWS Graduate Advisory Committee every academic year. The list is available on the IGWS graduate center website or in the IGWS office.

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