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The MA in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory at Wilfrid Laurier University is an interdisciplinary graduate program situated at the interface of the Humanities and the Social Sciences.
Rather than staying within the bounds of a single discipline, the program is designed for students interested in thinking about culture and society in ways that go beyond disciplinary boundaries.
The program offers three core courses: Colloquium, Core Theory, and Core Methods. In addition to these three core courses, the program offers elective courses in three inter-related fields:Globalization, Identity and Social Movements; Body Politics; andCultural Representation and Social Theory.
Recent elective courses include such topics as:
� The Social Body
� Technologies of Gender: Female Bodies and Feminist Communities in Cyberspace
� Pornographic Bodies and North American Cultural Discourse
� Risk, Media and the Politics of Anxiety
� Nostalgia and Exile: Memory, History, Identity
� Race, Gender and Imperialism
� Religion and Social Change
� Transforming Bodies
� Theories of Multiculturalism and Intercultural Dialogue
� Rethinking the Body via Deleuze and Guattari
� Embodiment, Affect and Subjectivity
� Cultural Studies in Theory and Practice
� Hybrid Discourses, Discourses of Hybridity
� Power, Hegemony and Resistance
� Visuality and Cultural Analysis
The CAST program is a twelve-month program. Students may choose either a Major Research Paper option or a Coursework option. Students that choose the Major Research Paper produce a piece of original scholarship on a topic developed in close consultation with a faculty supervisor and a second reader. The length of the Major Research Paper is 50-70 pages.
Students in the program also have the opportunity to take courses offered in, and to contribute to the intellectual life of, other related graduate programs and Centres, such as: Social Justice and Community Engagement, Criminology, The Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies, Communications Studies, Sociology, Religion, and others.
All CAST students are guaranteed funding. Funding packages are competitive and generally come in the form of a Teaching Assistantship for the fall and winter semesters and an entrance scholarship is also offered; additional funding is available for applicants with exceptionally high grades, and occasionally in the form of Research Assistantships offered by individual faculty members. Students do not need to apply for funding separately. All students receive funding packages as part of their offer of admission. Students who have external funding such as OGS and SSHRC scholarships receive top-up funding from the university.
The CAST program is currently in the process of expanding. We anticipate being able to offer courses on the Brantford campus as well as the Waterloo campus as of September 2014. Thus, we anticipate being able to offer a wider range of courses, and a wider range of faculty from whom students may choose their supervisors. Students will be able to take course and choose supervisors from either or both campuses.
Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions about this exciting interdisciplinary MA program in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory. It would be a pleasure to chat.
Questions may be addressed to:
Milo Sweedler, Director of CAST, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kofi Campbell, Faculty Member, CAST, at: email@example.com, or
Sandra Dalpe, Administrative Assistant of CAST, at: firstname.lastname@example.org