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ULIB 301: Gender and the Research Process

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to feminist research methods, including the application of gender-based research methods in different disciplines as well as the development of methods specific to the academic field of women’s and gender studies. Key questions include: What characterizes feminist research methodology? What does it mean to treat WGST as a discipline? What may be gained? What may be lost? What are the historical and contemporary impacts of feminist thought on other disciplines/professions? How do we organize, find, and evaluate information throughout the research process? How do we create information, and how does conceptualizing all of these processes as embodied challenge and shape ways of knowing and doing across disciplines and professions? The overall goal is to ground students’ participation in information economies in an understanding of how power, gender, race, sexuality, colonialism, indigeneity, socio-economic status, and other factors intersect during the production of research, with a focus on the methods used to generate knowledge. 

Three Credit Hours 

Offered Spring semesters

Course Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:
  • Recognize that gender studies is multi-disciplinary with acknowledged authorities in the sense of well-known scholars and publications that are widely considered “standard.” 
  • Recognize that “standard” scholarly works may not represent the only or even the majority perspective on the issue. 
  • Articulate the traditional and emerging processes of information creation and dissemination in gender studies; 
  • Articulate how and why some individuals or groups of individuals may be underrepresented or systematically marginalized within disciplines and systems that produce and disseminate information; 
  • Analyze the impacts of feminist epistemologies, methodologies and praxis across a range of academic disciplines and professional fields; 
  • Evaluate how different disciplinary methodologies shape the types of research questions that can be addressed and the kinds of information produced to answer these questions; 
  • Formulate questions for research based on information gaps or on reexamination of existing, possibly conflicting, information; 
  • Create their own process for investigating an area of interest that applies methodology from at least two different disciplines/fields to a research area, resulting in an information product that: 
    • Organizes information in meaningful ways; 
    • Synthesizes ideas gathered from multiple sources; 
    • Draws reasonable conclusions based on the analysis and interpretation of information. 

Course Resources

Textbook

This class does not require any textbooks. Readings and other materials are available through eCampus. 

eCampus

This course assumes that you are comfortable performing basic tasks within eCampus, such as sending attachments, taking quizzes, and posting to course discussion boards. 

Zoom

This class may hold some meetings synchronously via Zoom.  

Mode of Instruction

This course is offered as a hybrid course. Check with your instructor for in-class and online days.

Contact

Lynne.Stahl@mail.wvu.edu and Kasi.Jackson@mail.wvu.edu