Sample MA Programs

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  1. VII. SAMPLE PROGRAMS FOR THE M.A. IN COMPARATIVE STUDIES

    The following programs are chosen to illustrate the range of subjects students may choose to investigate for the M.A. degree.

    1. Gender, Power, and Corporate Discourse. This project investigates forms of symbolic change and strategies of counter‐hegemonic discourse in the context of different strands of Buddhist discourse.

    Comparative Studies:

    6390 Approaches to Comparative Cultural Studies I

    6391 Approaches to Comparative Cultural Studies II

    5691 Topics: Religion and Media

    7340 Theorizing Science and Technology

    7630 Theorizing Culture

    7888 Comparative Studies Methodologies

    8872 Seminar in Religious Studies: Religion and Sexuality

    7999: Thesis Research

    English:

    7864 Postcolonial/Transnational Literatures: Contemporary Indian English Novel

    Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies:

    8800 Topics in Feminist Studies: Theories of Judith Butler

    2. Foucauldian Perspectives on Biopolitics and War. The second sample program included here illustrates through its very different content the range of possible subjects open to Comparative Studies students. This program analyzes disciplinary effects of discourses about smart bombs and anti‐war movements. It includes coursework in Comparative Studies, Geography, Political Science, and English. The coursework program is as follows:

    Comparative Studies:

    6390 Approaches to Comp Cultural Studies I

    6391 Approaches to Comp Cultural Studies II

    7360 Theorizing Culture

    7256 Complex Ethnography

    8892 Seminar in Performance and Politics

    7999: Thesis Research

    Geography:

    8601 Theory of Political Geography

    8602 Seminar: Problems in Political Geography

    Political Science:

    6194 Contemporary Comparative Political Problems

    English:

    6790 Contemporary Critical Theory