Gender Studies – How does my online master work? 1/2

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I just realized I wrote two articles about my master’s face-to-face week, which took place two weeks ago without never explaining how the online part of my master works on a daily basis. So here is the first part of all the information you need about the “Gender, Intersectionality and Change” online program from Linköping University.

Online?

“My master is online”. I must have told this sentence to people I met a thousand times since I moved to Linköping. Then, I usually have to explain why I decided to move here anyway, which I already explained in the first post of this blog.

But what does online mean? This basically means that I never have classes on campus. My weeks are totally free: I study when I want, and I organize my time as I wish. I must admit that I like the freedom I get to wake up and go to sleep when I feel like it, to go grocery shopping in the middle of the day and take afternoons off whenever I want. This is just perfect. However, I understand people who are telling me they could not do it. Gladly, I never had procrastination or motivations issues so studying without incentives is not a problem for me.

Since the program is online, the majority of my classmates still live in their home country and only come to Sweden for the face-to-face weeks. They often combine their studying with working full-time or part-time, which I think is very brave given that the master is a 100% workload – this means that it is required to study full-time (just the amount of time you would study with on-campus classes).

How do I know what I have to study?

The program is also divided in two semesters: the Autumn semester and the Spring semester. Last semester I attended four courses: Introduction to intersectionality, Exploring intersectionality, and Analytical Tools. Before each one of them starts, we get a Key Document which sums up the skills we should acquire thanks to this course, the assignments we will have to submit, and our schedule.

Yes, we have a schedule. Each week, we must watch a pre-recorded lecture, attend a mandatory online tutor-meeting or co-tutor meeting (without a tutor) and we have the possibility to participate in a non-mandatory seminar. These are the three meet-ups we have settled each week.

The (co-)tutor groups were decided in the beginning of the semester and we were in charge of finding the best way and the best time of the week to meet-up online. My group and I are meeting-up on Microsoft Teams, but other meetings such as live lectures or seminars are usually held on Skype for Business.

That’s it for this first part, I will explain in details how the literature is distributed and how assignments must be submitted later!

 

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