1McGill University Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies WMST 303: Feminist Theory and Research Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:05-11:25; EDUC 211 Winter 2013 Instructor: E. Groeneveld Office: IGSF, 3487 Peel St., Room 301 Phone: (514) 398-4400 x. 089632 Email: [email protected]ill.ca Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, or by appointment Course Description This course is a comparative and critical examination of feminist theories and their methodological implications, including contributions of and tensions between various feminisms. The course features landmark critical essays that have shaped feminist theory, and which have important implications for feminist research. We will also examine contemporary debates and developments within feminist theorizations of gender, the body, and popular culture. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to feminist theory and methods, this course will encourage students to make connections between the course materials and their own disciplinary backgrounds and research interests. Approach Our classes time will consist of lectures, small and large group discussion; we will also have the occasional guest speaker. I will assume that you have read the assigned materials; please have the weekly readings completed before the beginning of class and come prepared for critical discussion. You are expected to bring the readings to class. Course Objectives By the end of this course, you will be able to: •Speak and write critically about contemporary and historical debates within feminism •Read and assess scholarly articles, in terms of their argument, assumptions, benefits, and limitations. •Make meaningful connections between feminist theories and methods and your own field of interest/discipline •Compare and contrast different theoretical and methodological approaches to feminist praxis. Required Texts Elizabeth Groeneveld, ed. Feminist Theory and Methods(2011). [Course Package] Recommended: Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Patricia Lina Leavy, eds. Feminist Research Practice: A Primer (2007). Linda Tuhiwai Smith. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (2002). Marks Breakdown Critical Reading Responses 40% (8 x 5% each) Final Assignment 30% Take-Home Exam 30%
2Assignments All written assignments must: •be typed and double-spaced using 12 pt. Times New Roman font •have one-inch margins •use MLA formatting (see for guidelines) •have the student’s name, the instructor’s name, course code, date, and word count printed in the top left-hand corner of the first page (no title page is necessary) •have numbered pages •be submitted as a hard copy; email submissions will not be accepted “In accord with McGill University’s Charter of Students’ Rights, students in this course have the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded.” Critical Reading Responses Value:40% (8 x 5% each) Due Dates:on the date we are discussing the reading to which you are responding (e.g. a response to
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