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Graduate School of Social Sciences - Women's Studies - Women's Studies - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis

General Description
Ege University Womens’ Studies department is an interdisciplinary department established in 1999 within the Social Sciences Institute of Ege University and presents the academic studies focusing on the social, historical, philosophical, psychological, religious and artistic aspects of gender. Our department is executing a graduate program since its establishment in 12th August 1999, which many academicians from different disciplines who think about women and gender are involved and in charge in a voluntarily manner. Being open to applications from every undergraduate degrees, this program is a multidisciplinary program that allows to experience the wholeness, unity and association refered by the name “university”, together with a wide variety of students and academicians.
Qualification Awarded
The Master’s Degree in Womens' Studies is awarded to the graduates who have successfully fulfilled all programme requirements.
Level of Qualification
Second Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Bachelor's Degree and willing to enroll in the Master's programme may apply to the Directorate of the Graduate School with the documents: 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Profiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department, or at least 50 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 50. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 25% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 50 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 60 at least are accepted into the Master's programme. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree programme in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Master's Programme at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The programme consists of a minimum of seven courses delivered within the graduate programme of the department and in related fields, one seminar course, and thesis, with a minimum of 21 local credits. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The duration of the programme is four semesters. The maximum period to complete course work in a masters program with thesis is 4 semesters. However, with the approval of their advisors, students can in subsequent semesters take additional departmental courses with or without credits. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 120 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Master's course load and credits. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The Master's thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 3 to 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to one may be selected from another Department or another University. In case the jury consists of 3 members, the co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". The Department Chairperson will inform the Director of the Graduate School, in writing, of the jury's decision within 3 days. To correct or change a thesis found incomplete and/or inadequate by the jury, the jury must specify in its report that such corrections are necessary. A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to three months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
Women’s Studies or Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that is concerned with not only biological sexual differences, but also social, culturel, artistic, historical and myriad other manifestations of gender. This area of study also develops a critical point of view towards existing academic research and ways of knowing. Gender studies handles gender regarding both the contemporary society and ancient societies along with combining different disciplines of humanities and various areas of art and literature. In this graduate program, students can be able to recognize the multifariousness of feminism theorically and practically, and develop a continuous reflection that enables them to identify the culturally determined and undetermined features of the women and men species. Due to its interdisciplinary structure, students of this graduate program can be able to learn and apply methods and theories of different disciplines while regarding subjects about women and gender.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Graduates of this program will be able to use the knowledge and skills they have gained about women and gender in their academic studies throughout their whole intellectual development process. They will also be able to apply the perspectives they have gained in professions associated with the fields like medicine, law, communication and art.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who successfully completed the Master's Degree may apply to doctorate (third cycle) programmes in the same or in related disciplines.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Students are required to take a mid-term examination and/or complete other assigned projects/homework during the semester and, additionally, are required to take a final examination and/or complete a final project for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade, the final examination grade and/or evaluation of final project, with the contributions of 40% and 60%, respectively. To pass any course, a Master's student must receive at least 70 out of 100. Students must repeat courses they have failed or may substitute courses the Department accepts as equivalent. The assessment for each course is described in detail in “Individual Course Description”.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements are explained in the section “Qualification Requirements and Regulations” .
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Head of the Programme: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Solmaz Zelyüt Tel: + 90 232 311 19 56 e-mail:
Women's Studies graduate programme is located under social sciences. Due to its interdisciplinary structure, the courses are taught by nine lecturers from different departments of Faculty of Letters.

Key Learning Outcomes
1To obtain the knowledge of the basic concepts and approaches of Women’s Studies.
2To be able to follow the national and international literature in the field of Women’s Studies.
3To apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the program to daily life and develop sensitive to related issues.
4To transfer the accumulated knowledge and experience in the field of Women’s Studies to further academic works.
5To uphold academic research methods and ethic criteria in the all academic production.
6To understand the diverse cultures and traditions concerning gender.
7To acquire a critical view towards the world, society, and oneself.
8To become aware of the necessity of lifetime learning to be able to put this into practice.
9To analyse gender at intersections of power relations, language, ethnicity, race, sexuality, class, nationality, religion, geography, age,… etc.
10To (re)cognise the philosophical background of the social, historical, political, religious, literary and artistic manifestations of gender.
11To be able to see the multiplicity of feminism as a theoretical and practical activitiy and to proceed towards a clear and distinc conception through a critical view within that multiplicity.
12To develop a constant reflection on the possibility of identifiying the culturally or otherwise determined qualities of tha male and female genders.
13To avoid the totalism of the essentialist approaches which disregard all particularities.

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
TYYÇKey Learning Outcomes
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 KADÇAL14-YL-SDG1 Elective - - - 14
2 9207015632017 Feminist Theories I Compulsory 3 0 0 7
3 9207015102019 Methot, Research Techniques and Ethics in Women Studies Compulsory 3 0 0 7
Total 6 0 0 28
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 KADÇAL14-YL-SDG2 Elective - - - 15
2 9207015722017 Feminist Theories II Compulsory 3 0 0 6
3 YLSEM590 Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
Total 3 0 0 27
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
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