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Syllabus:

Gender Studies: Master Thesis, 30 Credits

Swedish name: Masteruppsats i genusvetenskap

This syllabus is valid: 2018-12-31 and until further notice

Course code: 2KC020

Credit points: 30

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Gender Studies: Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS)

Revised by: Director of Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS), 2018-12-18

Contents

The major content of this course is to write an independent student thesis in Gender Studies. The objective is to carry out a study in gender studies and formulate relevant research questions that contributes to the fields of gender study empirically, methodologically and theoretically. Apart from the actual writing of a thesis the student is also expected to defend the thesis and to act as a discussant on another student's thesis.

Expected learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is expected to have an in-depth ability to:
  • independently identify a relevant research topic in gender studies and formulate relevant research questions from a gender study approach
  • ​independently compile an advanced research overview
  • independently and in a critically sophisticated way apply relevant gender/feminist and critical theory on an empirical or theoretical problem or area
  • independently and in a critically sophisticated way apply relevant methods in the field of gender studies.
  • defend his or her own thesis as well as examine, assess and discuss another student's thesis.

Required Knowledge

Grades on the following courses:
1. Gender Studies, advanced level 45 credits.
2. Method in the Social Sciences, advanced level 15 credits or an equivalent course in method for humanities, advanced level 15 credits.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5.

Form of instruction

The course is a full time on-line course in English. The course is taught entirely through an electronic Learning Management System where the student takes part in lectures, mandatory assignments and other learning activities. The studies are characterized by a high degree of independent and active search for knowledge, and critical reflection, both individually and in groups. The thesis is planned in joint consultation with a supervisor. The result shall be presented in written form and defended in a final seminar.

Examination modes

Examination is in total the completion of a thesis, the defense of the thesis and the acting as a discussant on another student's thesis.

The grading scale of the course is Fail, Pass and Pass with distinction. To pass involves a passed student thesis and a passed final seminar as a defender of own thesis and as a discussant on a fellow student thesis.

For the grade, passed with distinction, the student thesis must be passed with distinction and the final seminar as a defender of own thesis and as a discussant on a fellow student thesis must be passed. Students that have passed their examination have no right to undertake renewed examination for receiving a higher grade.  

Re-exam will be arranged for students that have acquired the grade Fail (U) on mandatory assignments during the course, the completion of a written theses, the defense of the thesis or the acting as a discussant on another student's thesis.
 If not due to other circumstances, the student has the right to change examiner after failing to submit a passed thesis after two completions. Examination based on this course syllabus is guaranteed at least two years after the first time the student register on the course.

Other regulations

Students have the right to apply to have a previous education or experience evaluated for transfer of credits.
The course can be part of a master exam in Gender Studies at Umeå University.

Literature

The literature list is not available through the web. Please contact the faculty.