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Feminist Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Organiser:

Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki

Dates:

7.8.-23.8.2018

Prices:

900-1490 EUR Learn more

Credits:

5 ECTS

Coordinator:

Merle Wessel

Cai Weaver

Feminist Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Target students

Master’s degree students interested in feminist research methods from the Humanities and Social Sciences, such as politics, gender studies, economics, history, area and cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology. Particularly welcome are those who are about to start writing their Master’s thesis or are planning PhD studies.

Synopsis

This practical interactive course educates students in how to carry out a feminist research project. We will focus on how feminist scholars, Western and non-Western, challenge dominant theories of knowledge and the major methodologies employed in the social sciences and humanities. Through lectures and workshops, we will ask how feminist theory shapes the kinds of research questions we ask, the types of materials we use, the methodologies we choose, and how we define our relationships with our subjects/materials. Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions and projects, conduct a short pre-assignment and reading, and critically reflect.

Learning objectives

After the course, the students will be able to:
• Plan and carry out a larger research project utilising feminist research methodology.
• Reflect upon the limits of conventional knowledge production in academia
• Gain practical and creative skills to produce diverse forms of knowledge
• Discuss politics of gender, race, class and sexuality in cross-cultural contexts
• Recognise the diverse historical, cultural and political trajectories and forms of feminist politics
• Critically engage with intersectional research methods and theories

Means and criteria of assessment

The students will be assessed on a scale of 1–5. The final course grade will depend on the completion of the introductory learning diary, class participation, and a final project, divided in a creative and written part.

Course format and teaching methods

Lectures, workshops and excursions. The interdisciplinary teaching methods combine traditional learning methods and feminist methodologies, such as art, college marking and poetry. The students need no practical experience of art making or conducting feminist research.

Course Schedule

Location: City Centre Campus

Monday 6.8.2018 Registration begins
Tuesday 7.8.2018 Registration continues, HSS Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 8.8.2018 course begins

The course schedule will be published later.

 
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