WMST 303: INTRODUCTION TO FEMINIST THEORY & RESEARCH MCGILL INSTITUTE FOR GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND FEMINIST STUDIES Class: Wednesday 11:35-2:25 in BRONF 045 Dr.Mary Bunch Office: 3487 Peel St., Room 301 [email protected] Office Hours : Tuesday 12:30-2:30 This course will explore how various theoretical and methodological approaches inform feminist research in the humanities and social sciences. Focusing on the interaction between epistemology, methodologies and methods, students will become familiar with feminist theories of knowledge, theories and analyses about how research should proceed, and techniques for gathering evidence. The approach is situated in the theoretical debates that have taken place with regard to the politics of feminist, critical race, critical disability, and postcolonial knowledge production around such issues as situated knowledge, standpoint, objectivity, marginality, representation, intersectionality, decolonization, collaboration and interdisciplinarity. Students will learn about methods used by feminist researchers in the social sciences and humanities, such as qualitative interviews and focus groups, content analysis, literature reviews, oral history, discourse analysis, ethnography, participatory action, and arts-based research. Working collaboratively and independently, students will have the opportunity to create their own research project. Required Texts: Alison Jagger. Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader . Boulder CO: Paradigm Publishers. 2008. Articles on MyCourses See MyCourses for methodology resources, links to e-books, and list of books on reserve at McLellan Library. Course Objectives This course will facilitate development of the following skills: • critical thinking and analysis • oral and written communication • independent and collaborative research • proposal development By the end of the course students should be able to: •
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- Winter '16
- Mary Bunch
- Feminism, Syllabus, Feminist theory, Alison Jagger