Theory and CriticismMaster of Arts (MA)
Describe your research.
I am researching invisible/hidden disabilities in relation to the medical gaze and current critical disability theories. I’m focusing on Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception and Foucault’s medical gaze in The Birth of the Clinic.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The professors in the Theory Centre are fabulous. I’m so honoured to have Dr. Janelle Blankenship as my MA thesis advisor, and Dr. Helen Fielding as my second reader. They have both helped me to develop academically and professionally.
Do you belong to any university or community groups?
I’m currently involved with Chiasma, an academic peer-reviewed journal through the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism.
Have you worked as a teaching assistant?
Yes, I’ve worked as a TA for two semesters now. I’ve gained experience grading, holding office hours, and helping students understand the course material and course requirements. I took the Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP), and it really helped me to prepare for TAing.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Take the opportunity to get to know the professors at the Theory Centre through workshops and events, such as the Theory Sessions. The best MA advisor for your thesis might not be the first person you originally had on your list.
Program ContactMelanie Caldwell (email@example.com)
Centre for the Study of Theory and CriticismWestern University
Stevenson Hall Rm. 2157
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5B8
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 83442
Western's program has established strengths in social & political theory and media & cultural studies, while maintaining its traditional strengths in critical theory and continental philosophy. What distinguishes the Theory Centre's MA program from other graduate programs is the serious attention given to intellectual history, and to its connection to contemporary forms of critical theory. Although the program emphasizes the study of theory as a distinct object of inquiry, and thus supports speculative inquiries about particular forms of theory, it also encourages students to engage with contemporary critical aesthetic, social and political inquiry.
- 6 Terms
- Full-time study
Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fee schedules (per term) are posted on the Office of the Registrar's website at http://www.registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/fees_refunds/fee_schedules.html
- A four-year degree from an accredited university with a minimum B+ (78%) average across courses taken in the last two full-time years of study.
- B.A. in a field in the Humanities or Social Sciences (however, students holding other Honors degrees will also be considered).
- Some demonstration of theoretical and/or interdisciplinary study at the undergraduate level is helpful, though the Committee may also consider candidates with a more general interest in and aptitude for theoretical enquiry (as indicated through grades, essays and letters of reference).
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- January 8 - Acceptance notifications usually take place in March