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MSc Gender and Social Justice **Not running in full for 2015 entry

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- You will learn from professionals and activists in Scottish Women’s Aid with experience of addressing violence against women.
- You will meet others who are concerned about gender justice and learn from
colleagues from a range of backgrounds.
-You will be able to apply techniques of gender and equality auditing in your
workplace or community.

** We are unable to offer this programme full time in academic year 2013/14, however some modules from the programme are available as an associate student or studying part time. Please also see programmes offered by International Health (IIHD), in particular Social Justice, Development and Health.

This course offers an opportunity to reflect on the theory and practice of gender issues in social justice, including the relationships between gender, sexuality and other structural causes of injustice. It will draw on the experience of participants, professionals and activists in the field, as well as academic theory and research. This course will be of interest to people working and hoping to work in the voluntary, representative and public sector; including professionals and volunteers in these sectors who wish to strengthen their understanding of gender and social justice and activists in communities and campaigning organisations. This course has been developed because practitioners and activists have expressed a need for serious academic reflection on their work, and the requirement for university academics to be accountable to movements for social justice.

You will be expected to be involved, as active citizens, in feminist, gender related or social justice activities in order to relate theory to you practice and experience. The curriculum has been put together by experienced activists, professionals and social movement organisations as well as university staff with relevant interdisciplinary expertise. Students are encouraged to learn from their own experience of injustice, of implementing policy or campaigning for social justice. In addition to the opportunity for academic study, students will be equipped with methods for critical
interrogation of theory in the light of their own collective practice.

EXIT AWARDS: MSc (180 credits) PgDip (120 credits) PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: Block attendance with online
support. There may be some flexibility
in delivery of some modules on the basis
of demand.

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest

Duration: Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2.5 years or up to 7 years

Start date: September of January

Application deadline: The deadline for all overseas applicants who require a visa to study in the UK should apply no later than the 30th June 2014.

Teaching, learning and assessment: On campus teaching blocks comprise group work, participatory education, reflection on practice and independent and collective learning, delivered by QMU academics and visiting lecturers from women’s organisations. You may attend site visits and hear guest speakers from social justice campaigns. Work may be set and contact maintained between teaching blocks through online discussions. Assessment methods are designed to be relevant to students’ context and include strategy reports, projects, group presentations and critical essays. There is no placement requirement for this course but there is a strong emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice. Students are therefore required to have some participation in organisations or activities related to gender and social justice. Assistance in identifying such an opportunity will be provided where necessary.

Teaching hours and attendance: Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies: The course has been developed in collaboration with Scottish Women’s Aid and a close relationship with this organisation is maintained throughout the course.

A UK honours degree or equivalent from a relevant subject area. Applications are also encouraged from individuals without a degree but who have experience of professional or voluntary work or activism in gender justice issues, equal opportunities, violence against women or related social justice issues, who are able to demonstrate their ability to study at postgraduate level with appropriate support.

International: Where your Honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test
receiving an overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

Home/EU - full-time: £3500

Home/EU - part-time: £430 per 15
credit module

Home/EU - part-time, dissertation: £850

International - full-time: £10420 per year

International - part-time: £1130 per 15
credit module

International - part-time dissertation: £2260

Scholarships: - More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Course Fees:
Visit the Fees section of the website. -
Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
Visit the Funding section of the website.

-Engaged Praxis
-Gender Justice: Concepts and Claims
-Researching Diversity
-Social Justice
-Engendering Policies and Practice
-Gender, Health and Development
-Dissertation (MSc only)

Plus two elective modules from:
-Poverty and Social Exclusion
-Environmental Justice
-Queer Theory, Gender and Sexual Politics?
-Social Movements and Protest
-Sustainable Development in Theory and Practice
-other suitable modules

All modules= 15 credits each
Dissertation =60 credits

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting, but are subject to change.

It is expected that the course will be of interest to students who are working or wish to work in the public and social sectors, trades unions, voluntary and campaigning organisations or social enterprises, in the UK or abroad.



further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Eurig Scandrett
+44 (0)131 474 0000

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