Syllabus - Methodological Practice - 20161029.pdf

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1 of 5 Central European University, Department of Gender Studies Methodological Practice in Gender Studies GENS 6022, 2 credits mandatory PhD course, Fall 2016 updated 29 October (with student suggested readings) Professor: Elissa Helms Time: Thursdays 15:30-17:10 Email: [email protected] Place: Zryini 14, room 520 Office: Zrinyi 14, 507/A Office hours: Tues. 14:00-15:30, Wed. 14:30-17:00, and by appointment Course Description This two-credit PhD course is a mandatory requirement for students in the first year of the PhD program in Comparative Gender Studies. Its aim is to critically interrogate the relationship between theoretical concepts, methodological approaches, and research outcomes with the underlying goal of incorporating decolonizing and de-universalizing perspectives. In this spirit, and keeping with the objectives of the PhD program, this course will emphasize comparative and integrative approaches to research from different disciplinary perspectives. Graduate students are typically trained to critique the scholarship they read and often focus on gaps, missed opportunities, and failures. This course, in contrast, will focus on how good research is done when it is done well: how does analysis actually happen? What approaches lead us to productive insights? What theoretical frameworks and research designs best illuminate the complexities of gendered life and expression? How do we critically examine the cultural foundations and implicit universalisms embedded in various scholarly concepts and approaches? In other words, how to we begin to avoid present-centric and ethnocentric (”western”-centric) assumptions while operating in an English-language scholarly environment? In the first part of the course we will read and discuss critiques of and debates about some key areas of knowledge production in gender studies, namely comparison, de- and post- colonial critique, intersectionality, and transnationalism. Then we will move on to unpack the methodological underpinnings of exemplary pieces of research, both those assigned in the syllabus and those suggested by students. The final paper requires students to practice doing comparative and integrative analysis using primary materials on a topic related to their thesis projects. Learning Outcomes Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: Critically and knowledgeably reflect on the process of how gender studies research and analysis are produced Understand and critically evaluate scholarly debates about different approaches to comparison, multiple and overlapping social categories, decolonizing knowledge, and transcending nation-state boundaries in interdisciplinary gender studies research Identify and critically evaluate forms of research and analysis that most productively illuminate the workings of interlocking social and material inequalities of which gender and sexuality are critical axes Productively and knowledgeably relate the critiques and debates covered in this course to
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  • Fall '16
  • Elissa Helms
  • Feminist theory, Duke University Press, University Press

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