Master of Arts in Geography Program

Faculty of Social Sciences




Master of Arts in Geography Program


Admissions and Funding

We encourage all interested students to review our admission requirements to determine eligibility for Graduate Studies at Brock University.

Our online application and accompanying instructions can be found on our website.

Please refer to your specific program of interest for application deadlines and additional application materials as they vary by program.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact gradrecruit@brocku.ca.

Students interested in part-time studies should consult with Dragos Simandan, the Graduate Program Director.

Students are admitted for September enrollment only.

 

 

**WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2015 ADMISSION**

 

Financial Support

Please see the Student Funding section of the MA Geography Graduate Student and Faculty Handbook.  

Some of our faculty may also be able to provide research assistantships based on their research grants.

Professor Dragos Simandan, dsimandan@brocku.ca: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant "Is cross-cultural experience conducive to wisdom? A study of Romanian immigrants in Toronto". 2013 -  2017.

Fully-funded places in the MA in Geography program - Fall 2015 and Fall 2016 Entry

Professor Dragos Simandan would like to recruit two students for the MA program in Geography at Brock University (St. Catharine's, Ontario) to work with him on his SSHRC grant "Is cross-cultural experience conducive to wisdom? A study of Romanian immigrants in Toronto". The two students are expected to enroll in the MA Thesis stream (five funded terms) and to choose as their thesis topic & researchassistantship focus one of the following two pathways:

1. One Master's student will be hired for ten hours a week for 48 weeks ($15,000 available for this research assistantship, in addition to the $7,000 fellowship provided to all full-time MA students) to conduct thirty in-depth semi-structured interviews with Romanian immigrants in Toronto and to transcribe and code part of the interview data with an eye on writing their MA thesis around a detailed analysis of the emotional geographies surrounding reflections about wisdom among Romanians in Toronto. The student will be asked to develop her/his own theoretical perspective, but I expect that it will build heavily on the exciting new work on emotional geographies of scholars such as Pile (2011), Anderson & Harrison (2010), Thrift (2008), Bondi(2009), and Simandan (2011; 2012; 2014). The analysis of the emotion-related information undertaken by this MA student will contribute to the larger objectives of the grant, while also providing the empirical material for the completion of a master's thesis. I will expect the student to present his/her results at a relevant Canadian conference and to co-author with me a paper for Emotions, Space & Society. He/she will receive training in in-depth semi-structured interviewing, transcribing and coding interview data, critical thinking and writing, emotional geographies, and presentation skills.He /she will learn how to organise a major research project, and the protocols of enquiry and norms of good research in geography.

2. One Master's student will be hired for ten hours a week for 48 weeks ($15,000 available for this research assistantship, in addition to the $7,000 fellowship provided to all full-time MA students) to conduct thirty in-depth semi-structured interviews with Romanian immigrants in Toronto and to transcribe and code part of the interview data with an eye on writing their MA thesis around a detailed analysis of the gender differences in conceptualizing wisdom among Romanians in Toronto. The student will be asked to develop her/his own theoretical perspective, but I expect that it will build heavily on feminist geography as well as the exciting work on gender differences in attitudes to, and understandings of, wisdom (Gluck et al, 2009; Aldwin, 2009). The analysis of the gender-related information undertaken by this MA student will contribute to the larger objectives of the project, while also providing the empirical material for the completion of a master's thesis. I will expect the student to present his/her results at a relevant Canadian conference and to co-author with me a paper for Gender, Place & Culture. He/she will receive training in in-depth semi-structured interviewing, transcribing and coding interview data, critical thinking and writing, gender geographies, and presentation skills. He /she will learn how to organize a major research project, and the protocols of enquiry and norms of good research in geography.

The candidates for these two RA positions must have an undergraduate degree in geography or a related social science or humanities discipline (psychology; sociology; political science; popular culture; philosophy). Preference may be given to candidates fluent in Romanian.
For further information, please contact Professor Simandan at simandan@brocku.ca .

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