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26 March, 2008 - Published 17:21 GMT
Women's Studies to end in UK universities
Women's Studies is to disappear from British universities as an undergraduate course this summer. It's part of a gradual decline in the academic subject which became popular following the 1960s feminist movement. This report from BBC Social Affairs reporter Adrian Brown:
London's Metropolitan University stopped taking new students for its undergraduate degree in Women's Studies in 2005 and the last 12 students will graduate with a BA in the subject this July.
Its demise follows that of other Women's Studies departments across Britain that have lost both funding and students or been merged into other disciplines.
Critics say the subject was a product of its time and that the feminist arguments of the 1970s no longer apply. It became the butt of many a joke in the mainstream media and in today's competitive job market students steer clear, preferring degrees that will secure employment.
But all is not lost for the subject. Postgraduate studies will continue in this country and Women's Studies is thriving in many countries such as India and Iran.
Adrian Brown, BBC Social Affairs reporter
been merged into other disciplines
a product of its time
the butt of many a joke
all is not lost
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