Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) 622

Advanced Feminist Theory (Revision 2)

Permanently closed, effective December 22, 2016.

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Delivery Mode: Grouped study

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: No formal pre-requisite, although it is strongly recommended that students have successfully completed MAIS 601 or MAIS 602 prior to enrolling in this course.

Not to take: Students who have received credit for Athabasca University's undergraduate WMST 444 course will not receive credit for MAIS 622.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program: Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies

**Note: Students in Group Study courses are advised that this syllabus may vary in key details in each instance of the course. Always refer to the Moodle site for the most up-to-date details on texts, assignment structure, and grading.**


In MAIS 622 you will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss feminist theory and feminist research, to complete a feminist position statement essay and a feminist research prospectus, and to reflect on links between feminist theory and feminist research. You will also lead an online discussion about your work in this course.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to work across disciplinary boundaries, so that your work is consciously both feminist and interdisciplinary. The course is designed with the hope that you will learn something new, challenge yourself, engage fully with your fellow students in the course, and have fun.

Course Structure

Part I: Feminist Theory The first six weeks of the course will be devoted to readings, online discussions, finding scholarly sources online, and completing the first assignment.

Part II: Feminist Research These weeks will be devoted to readings, online discussion about feminist research, and completing the second assignment, which will be a prospectus that outlines a research project that arises from your work in the first assignment.

Part III: Integrating Feminist Theory and Method Weeks 13-15 Unit 11: Online Discussions

Course Objectives

The objectives for this course are three-fold:

  1. to identify and define various feminist approaches to research and theory that can be incorporated within integrated studies
  2. to engage in critical discussion of theoretical and epistemological issues, feminist research ethics, and feminist research methodology with other students and your professor.
  3. to complete a feminist theory paper, reflect upon its implications for feminist research, and devise a research project based on your theory paper

Student Evaluation

To receive credit for this course, students must participate in the online activities, successfully complete the assignments, and achieve a final mark of at least 60 per cent. Students should be familiar with the Master of Arts—Interdisciplinary Studies grading system. Please note that it is students' responsibility to maintain their program status. Any student who receives a grade of "F" in one course, or a grade of "C" in more than one course, may be required to withdraw from the program.

The following table summarizes the evaluation activities and the credit weights associated with them.

Activity Weighting
Online Participation 15%
Position Statement on Feminist Theory 30%
Essay on Research Questions and Issues 30%
Summary of Course Work and Leadership of Online Discussion 25%
Total 100%

Course Materials

The course materials for Master of Arts-Interdisciplinary Studies 622: Advanced Feminisms include the texts below, this course guide, and the forms that you need to submit an assignment or to notify the University of a change in your status as a student. Please note that there is no Reading File for this course. If you find that any items are missing from your course package, please contact the Course Materials Production department at Athabasca University. If you live in Edmonton or Calgary, we encourage you to call the Learning Centre in your city and use the automated telephone attendant to connect with Course Materials Production at extension 6366. If you live elsewhere in Canada or the United States, you may telephone, toll free, at 1-800-788-9041, extension 6366. If you live elsewhere, or prefer not to use the automated system, contact Course Materials Production at (780) 675-6366. You may send e-mail to Course Materials Production at, or write to Course Materials Production at Tim Byrne Centre, 4001 Hwy 2 South, Athabasca AB T9S 1A4.


  • Crow, Barbara A., and Lise Gotell. 2009. Open boundaries: A Canadian women's studies reader. Toronto: Prentice Hall Allyn and Bacon Canada.
  • Kirsch, Gesa E. 1999. Ethical dilemmas in feminist research: The politics of location, interpretation, and publication. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Morris, Marika. 2002. Participatory research and action: A guide to becoming a researcher for social change. With literature review by Martha Muzychka. Ottawa: Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women.
  • Smith, Bonnie. 2000. Global feminisms since 1945. London and New York: Routledge.

Athabasca University Online Materials

Course Home Page: You will find Course Information (including the Assignment File and other pertinent information) at the top of the course home page. You will also find your Study Guide presented unit by unit online. You will find your assignments and links to submit your work to your professor on the course home page.

Athabasca University Library: Students are encouraged to browse the Library's Web site to review the Library collection of journal databases, electronic journals, and digital reference tools:

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, September 1, 2010.