GNDS 802/3.0 Feminist Methodologies

The course will attend to historical and contemporary methodological approaches to gender studies, women’s studies, and feminist studies, with specific emphasis on interdisciplinarity. The goal of the course is to think about engaging researchers in non-oppressive politics of knowledge production and the utilization of this knowledge in processes of social change. Methodological issues explored will include autoethnography, feminist epistemology, insider/outsider dynamics, and reflexivity and voice, while specific methods could include analysis of literary texts, discourse analysis, oral histories, in-depth interviewing, archival research and survey methods according to faculty and student interest and need. A required core course for MA candidates in Gender Studies, the seminar will provide students with comprehensive understanding of qualitative and quantitative research, and the research possibilities that are opened up by integrating several academic disciplines and diverse local- global perspectives.