This exciting Masters course introduces students to the latest research in Women’s, Gender and Queer History. Our new programme explores the different strengths of each of these approaches and provides a foundation for students’ independent research into any aspect of these histories. Oxford’s History Faculty is the largest in Britain and one of the largest in the world, and about one-third of the Faculty have research interests in this area. This means that you can combine your particular interests in women’s, gender or queer history with the specialist training you need in the history of any geographical area, period of time, or methodological approach. Whatever your area of specialisation, you will join a very lively research community within the Faculty and will be supported to develop the skills and understanding that you need to pursue original research.
If your interests lie more centrally in Women’s Studies you can also apply to the interdisciplinary Women’s Studies Master’s programme, which offers courses in English, History, Philosophy, Classics, and Modern Languages. A pathway for historians is available in this course, and it is an equally valid route to doctoral study in History.
Alongside the Theory and Methods course, students spend their first term studying Sources and Historiography. The Sources and Historiography core course will create a community of students who will together explore how we have reached today’s intellectually exciting moment in the study of women’s, gender and queer history. By reading in all three literatures, and considering the intellectual influence each has generated, students will develop the critical analytical tools that this coming generation of scholars of women’s, gender and queer history will need.
The Sources and Historiography course is divided into three parts. The first three weeks establish the intellectual impetus behind the development of women’s history, gender history, and queer history. Students then explore the sources that shape this historiography through hands-on-work with the exceptional collections held in the Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum. Students finally examine the dialogue between these approaches by thinking critically about contemporary methodologies and approaches. These eight classes include student presentations and discussion, so that students can together debate, learn from each other, and form a community through which to develop their research interests in women’s, gender, and queer history across the rest of the academic year.
As part of the ‘Skills’ component of the course, you will be supported to develop the specialist skills that you need to pursue your particular research interests. This might commonly include learning a language. The History Faculty offers dedicated Languages for Historians classes in major European languages, as well as a bespoke Latin course. The Oxford University Language Centre additionally offers courses and resources, from beginner to advanced level, in a wide range of global languages. Some students might wish to participate in the History Faculty’s palaeography training, in addition to expert guidance on relevant archives from their supervisor. The Bodleian’s History Faculty Library offers an exceptional programme of training and resources to allow you to develop your research and writing skills. The Faculty’s Centre for Gender, Identity, and Subjectivity (CGIS) also holds regular interactive workshops on sources and approaches that enable research in this area.
In the second term, students take one of a wide portfolio of Option courses. Students may choose any Option offered by the History Faculty’s Masters programmes. Those particularly relevant to the Women’s, Gender and Queer History Strand typically include, but are not limited to: