Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
School of Sociology and Social Policy
Social Sciences Building
Leeds, LS2 9JT

Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 8056


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Taught Postgraduate Programmes

We offer the following taught MA programmes for postgraduate students, each with a corresponding Postgraduate Diploma option.

MA Gender Studies

Our MA in Gender Studies is distinctive in the wide range of disciplines and theoretical and methodological perspectives that contribute to the programme, and in the number of options available to you as a student. By the end of the course, you will have an advanced understanding of the nature of gender studies, its interdisciplinary frameworks and the range of theoretical perspectives and methods.

MA Gender Studies (research)

MA Gender Studies (Research) is a taught MA with ESRC 1+3 training recognition. The programme stands alone as an MA, but also prepares you to embark on doctoral research as year 1 of a 1+3 Masters/PhD programme. This programme is designed to provide comprehensive and advanced level academic training in social science research in Gender Studies.

Research Postgraduate Programmes

We offer three kinds of research degree for postgraduate students.

The main distinction between these three lies in the length of time devoted to earning the degrees, and in the scope of the work undertaken and the extent of the training input.

An important variation is the 1+3 ESRC scheme that encompasses a one year MA and three years of PhD study.

Preliminary Readings

Welcome to all of the new students who will be joining us in September. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Leeds, and to working with you next year.

There are no required readings prior to starting your degree, and we do not expect all of our students to have a background in gender. But for those who would like to get started on some introductory reading before the course begins, below are some useful texts that are a good place to start. There’s a mix of feminist classics and landmark contemporary texts, and we have also included some readers, which are a great way to get a flavour of a range of perspectives. Enjoy, and we’re looking forward to seeing you in October.

Ahmed, S (2004) The Cultural Politics of Emotion Edinburgh; Edinburgh University Press

Atwood, M (1987) The Handmaid’s Tale London: Virago

Bartky, Sandra Lee (1991) Femininity and Domination, London: Routledge.

Butler, J, (1999) Gender Trouble New York, London: Routledge

Connell,R (1995) Masculinities Cambridge:Polity Press

Davis, K, Evans, M and Lorber, J (eds) (2006) Handbook of Gender and Women’s Studies London: Sage

de Beauvoir, S (1997) The Second Sex London: Vintage

Evans, M. and Williams, C.H. (eds) (2012) Gender: The Key Concepts London: Routledge

Friedan, B (1965) The Feminine Mystique, Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Gill, R. and Scharff, C. (eds) New femininities: postfeminism, neoliberalism and subjectivity. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Grosz, E. (1994) Volatile Bodies: towards a corporeal feminism, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Hemmings, C. (2011) Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory, Durham: Duke University Press.

Hill Collins,P (1990) Black feminist thought : knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment London : Unwin Hyman

Hochschild, A (1983) The Managed Heart: the Commercialisation of Human Feeling Berkeley: University of California Press

hooks, b (1984) Feminist Theory from Margins to Centre Boston, MA; South End Press

Jackson, S. & Scott, S. (eds) (1996) Feminism and Sexuality: A Reader, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Laqueur,T (1990) Making Sex Mass:Harvard University Press

Lorde, A. (1984) Sister Outsider, Freedom CA: The Crossing Press

Martin, E (1989) The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction Milton Keynes: Open University Press

McClintock, A. (1995). Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest, London : Routledge.

Mohanty, CT (2003) Feminism Without Borders Duke University Press

Nicolson,L (ed) (1990) Feminism/Postmodernism New York:Routledge

Okin,SM (1999) Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press

O’Neill, M (2001) Prostitution and Feminism Cambridge: Polity Press

Piercy, M. (1979) Woman on the Edge of Time, London: The Woman’s Press.

Skeggs, B. (1997) Formations of Class and Gender: Becoming Respectable London: Sage

Stryker, S. and Whittle, S. (2007) The Transgender Studies Reader, New York and Abingdon: Routledge

Tyler, I (2013) Revolting Subjects London: Zed Books

Young, I.M. (2005) On Female Body Experience: “Throwing like a girl” and other essays Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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