Collaborative Program in Women’s Studies at the Master’s level
Policy for Supervisors and Examiners/Readers of a Women’s Studies Thesis or Major Research Paper
Academic excellence and the upholding of academic standards are the goals of both primary units and the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies (IFGS). Ensuring appropriate rigor in the primary discipline is the responsibility of the primary unit.
For its part, the IFGS is responsible for ensuring that Women’s Studies content, methodology, and rigor are upheld in the Collaborative Program through mandatory courses in Women’s Studies, qualified supervision in women’s or feminist studies, and evaluation of the thesis/major research paper proposal.
Regarding the supervision and evaluation of theses or major research papers in the Collaborative Master’s Program in Women’s Studies:
- The thesis supervisor or co-supervisor must possess Women’s Studies and/or feminist expertise.
- In the case of a thesis, at least one of the examiners of the thesis jury must possess such expertise and will act as the Women’s Studies representative. That is, s/he will have the responsibility to ensure that Women’s Studies content, methodology, and rigor are upheld in the evaluation of the thesis.
- In the case of a major research paper, the supervisor should, ideally, possess Women’s Studies and/or feminist expertise. If not, one of the readers must possess such expertise.
- If s/he has the required expertise, the major research paper supervisor will act as the Women’s Studies representative for the evaluation of the major research paper; if not, the reader possessing such expertise will play that role.