Faculty of Arts


GENDER 700

Critical Theories and Methods in Gender Studies


Description

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to engage in critical theories and epistemological debates within gender studies; it provides grounding in key gender studies methods and methodologies.

In 2019, the course will focus on the very timely theme of “gender in dangerous times”; we will consider theoretical, methodological, and practical approaches to studying gender by using three distinct but interrelated themes:

  • Feminist History and Intersectionality: to explore the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological frameworks feminist historians have developed in studying the United States past.
  • Education and Intersectionality: to investigate the intersectional sociocultural categories that constitute unequal experiences and engagement in education.
  • Geography and Care: to analyze the ways that care promotes alternative political subjectivities yet also perpetuates gendered inequalities and injustices.

Each theme will be presented from a different disciplinary context (humanities, education, and social sciences) and explored through weekly lectures and readings. You will engage with the underlying theoretical and methodological approaches relevant to each theme (including their shared principles, theories, and methods) and apply this learning within your own disciplinary area.

Our learning goals are to enable you:

  • To develop the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to interrogate the world through different critical lenses (e.g. feminist, intersectional, discursive).
  • To draw on a range of disciplinary contexts (e.g. education, humanities, social sciences) in order to explore the multiple ways in which the world is inherently gendered.
  • To foster the social responsibilities of the researcher as critic and conscience of society.
  • To develop independent research skills through their participation in class discussions and course assessments.

Availability 2019

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Dr Ann Bartos
Lecturer(s) Associate Professor Jennifer Frost
Dr Kirsten Locke

Points

GENDER 700: 30.0 points


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