Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) 200
Feminist Research and Women's Lives (Revision 2)
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WGST 200 replaces WMST 200
Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social Science
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.
WGST 200 has a Challenge for Credit option.
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
|Research Question and Annotated Bibliography||20%|
|Choosing Research Methods||25%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
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. (PDF)
Kirsch, G. E. (1999). Ethical dilemmas in feminist research: The politics of location, interpretation, and publication. Albany: State University of New York Press.
The course materials include online readings accessible through links in the course or via the course Digital Reading Room.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and 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.
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 2, October 4, 2017.
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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services