Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 200

Feminist Research and Women's Lives (Revision 1)

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Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

WGST 200 replaces WMST 200

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: WMST 444 and WMST 200. (WGST 200 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for WMST 444 or WMST 200.) This course is available online only.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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WGST 200 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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WGST 200 offers the opportunity for students to begin feminist research, and it provides suggestions for assessing the research of others. A range of approaches, methodologies and methods will be examined. Students will have a chance to consider ethical dilemmas, the researcher-participant relationship and some of the problems associated with feminist collaboration in research projects. Students will go through the research process step by step, defining their research question, choosing their methods and then conducting their own study.


  • Unit 1: What is Feminist Research?
  • Unit 2: What is Collaborative Feminist Research?
  • Unit 3: Sexist and Non-Sexist Research
  • Unit 4: Research Questions and Ethical Research
  • Unit 5: Searching for Literature and Refining the Research Question
  • Unit 6: Collecting Data
  • Unit 7: Feminist Research Experiences
  • Unit 8: Analyzing Data
  • Unit 9: Presenting and Evaluating Feminist Research


To receive credit for WGST 200, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Oral Review Research Question and Annotated Bibliography Choosing Research Methods Research Report Total
15% 20% 25% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. (2006). Intersectional feminist frameworks: An emerging vision. Ottawa, ON: CRIAW/ICREF. (booklet)

Eichler, M. (1991). Nonsexist research methods: A practical guide. New York: Routledge, Chapman, & Hall.

Kirby. S., Greaves, L., & Reid, C. (2006). Experience research social change: Methods beyond the mainstream (2nd ed.). Toronto: Broadview Press.

Kirsch, G. E. (1999). Ethical dilemmas in feminist research: The politics of location, interpretation, and publication. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Other Materials

The course materials include a reading file. All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

The Challenge Exam is marked on a pass-fail basis. Your transcript will record a pass if you achieve at least "D" (50 percent) on the exam; it will show a fail if you achieve less than "D" 50 percent on the exam.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 1, August 18, 2010.