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MA in Gender Studies with special reference to the Middle East

MA in Gender Studies with special reference to the Middle East

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Gender Studies Middle East: Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The MA Gender with special reference to the Middle East is our newest pathway degree yet, and is introduced at a time when SOAS is celebrating its 100 years anniversary. Its main goal is to re-focus discussions related to gender and sexuality to the unique and rich region of the Middle East. This pathway coincides with the increased relevance of the Middle East to the disciplines of development and International Relations, in addition to its omnipresence in mainstream news and media.

This pathway degree is inter-disciplinary and combines a number of methodologies which include anthropological, legal, and economical approaches. Students are expected to submit weekly reaction papers, hold presentations in class and complete a 12,000 words dissertation. Students are strongly encouraged to engage with the centre by initiating activities and sharing their thoughts with fellow students and staff alike.

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Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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The aim of this course is to offer a historical and critical survey of contemporary gender theory in order to explore the challenge of gender studies for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research. It will further examine the interface between gender theory and a variety of other theoretical perspectives applied to the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including postcolonialism, critical theory, postmodernism and poststructuralism.The course will also investigate central questions of epistemology and methodology in relation to the application of gender theories in the field of cross-cultural studies. Students will be introduced to feminist and gender theory research methods and hermeneutics in order to develop research and interpretive skills for undertaking their own quantitative and qualitative research.

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Entry requirements

Students need to hold a minimum Upper Second-class (2.1) honors degree (or equivalent). Overseas students may be asked to provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. Relevant professional and activist experience will be taken into account.

University information

SOAS University of London is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a taught or research degree. SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues. All SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories. SOAS...more

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