Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research Methods in Gender Studies

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Gender and Sexualities

DESCRIPTION The Gender Studies Research Methods study-unit will examine approaches to research and research methodologies used to study issues related to women and gender. The study-unit starts by giving a short historical overview of the various methods used to study women and gender. It will explore various research methods such as ethnography, interviewing techniques, focus groups, oral history, textual analysis and students will be shown how these can be applied in gender studies.

Students will also be shown how secondary data can be analysed from a gender perspective.

Students will also be made aware of the substantive, ethical and political implications involved when it comes to conduct research in gender studies.

Study-unit Aims:

- To provide students with an overview of feminist research methods and key issues involved in feminist research. To provide students with a framework for thinking about methods of research from a gender perspective;
- To familiarize students with a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods including interviewing, oral history, ethnography, textual analysis, etc.;
- Show students how they can apply these in their own research projects and discipline;
- To provide students with hands-on experiences with research through fieldwork;
- To provide students with knowledge and skills to engage actively with issues related to gender studies such as ethics, the politics of representation and the politics of feminist inquiry.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be:

- identify different methodologies and methods involved in gender studies and know when these methods can be applied, and with what objective;
- be conversant with the ethical and political issues concerned when conducting feminist research and applying this in the field;
- use the knowledge and skills obtained in this study unit to design and write a research proposal later in the year;
- to apply practices to field work data collection.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- demonstrate familiarity with the key concerns in conducting feminist and gender studies research;
- demonstrate familiarity with and analytically assess the work and issues raised by key feminist and gender studies thinkers;
- demonstrate competence during the workshops in the use of the internet and electronic databases in research, desigining and conducting interviews;
- demonstrate that they can apply one or more of the methods they learnt about;
- demostrate application of research skills through fieldwork activities.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Shulamit Reinharz and Lynn Davidmann (1997) Feminist Methods in Social research.Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- S.N. Hesse-Biber (Ed) (2012). Handbook of Feminist Research. Theory and Praxis. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.
- S.N Hesse-Biber (2014). Feminist Research Practice. A primer. London: Sage Publications, Ltd.

- Reading Pack.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Fieldwork and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Essay See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

LECTURER/S Anna Sangare
Brenda Murphy (Co-ord.)
Zuzana Vasiliauskaite

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