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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 485
Course Title: *Feminist Theory and Methodology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course analyzes the intellectual debate feminism has inspired in academia. Analyzes the specific contributions of feminist researchers across the disciplines, specifically focusing on feminist methods of inquiry, challenges to the traditional science model, dilemmas of feminist research, and feminist theoretical contributions. Standpoint theory, researcher reflexivity, and questions of objectivity and subjectivity are among the topics covered. Cross-listed as WMST 485. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Junior standing.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Listed below are good text options for this course. Instructors are encouraged to use 3-5 of these texts.

Ethnographically Speaking: Autoethnography, Literature, and Aesthetics
By Bochner, Arthur and Carolyn Ellis (Rowman Littlefield)
Under the Sign of Hope: Feminist Methodology and Narrative Interpretations
By Bloom, Leslie Rebecca (State University of New York Press)
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment.
By Collins, Patricia Hill (Routledge)
Feminism and Autobiography
By Cosslet, Tess, Celia Lury and Penny Summerfield (Routledge)
Feminist (Re) Visions of the Subject: Landscaptes, Ethnoscapes, and Theoryscapes
By Currie, Gail and Celia Rothenberg (Rowman Littlefield)
Gender, Race, and Nation: A Global Perspective
By Dhruvarajan, Vanaja and Jill Vickers (University of Toronto Press)
Liberating Method: Feminism and Social Research
By Devault, Marjorie (Temple University Press)
Beyond Methodology: Feminist Scholarship as Lived Research
By Fonow, Mary Margaret and Judith Cook (Indiana University Press)
The Routledge Companion to Feminism and Postfeminism
By Gamble, Sarah (Routledge)
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, 2nd ed.
By Hooks, Bell (Palgrave)
Feminist Research Practice
By Hesse-Biber, Sharlene Nagy and Patricia Lina Leavy (Sage Publications)
The Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation
By Keating, Analouise and Gloria Anzaldua (Routledge)
Feminist Theory: A Reader, 2nd ed.
By Kolmar, Wendy and Frances Bartkowski (McGraw Hill)
Feminism and Postcolonial Theory
By Lewis, Reina and Sara Mills (Routledge)
Engendering the Social: Feminist Encounters with Social Theory
By Marshall, Barbara and Anne Witz (McGraw Hill)
Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives
By McCann, Carole and Sueng-kyung Kim (Routledge)
Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, and Activist Research
By Naples, Nancy (Routledge)
Feminist Methodology: Challenges and Choices
By Ramazanoglu, Caroline and Janet Holland (Sage Publications)
Who's Afraid of Women's Studies? Feminism in Everyday Life
By Rogers, Mary F. and C.D. Garrett (Rowman Littlefield)
Women, Science, and Technology: A Reader in Feminist Science Studies
By Wyer, Mary, Donna Giesman, Mary Barbercheck, Hatice Ozturnk and Marta Wayne (Routledge)
Course Objectives
  • To understand feminist theoretical perspectives and methodologies and how these challenge the natural science model of knowledge production.
  • To critically analyze and discuss exemplars in feminist scholarship, recognizing their feminist voice, epistemology and methodology.
  • To analytically and cohesively address this intellectual debate concerning ontology, epistemology and methodology in written form.
Measurable Learning
  • Describe and explain how feminist theoretical perspectives and methodologies challenge the natural science model of knowledge production.
  • Describe and explain epistemology, ontology, and methodology.
  • Critically interrogate the ‘natural science model.'
  • Describe and explain the debates surrounding feminist methodology in the social sciences.
  • Evaluate the feminist standpoint theory and the issues it has raised and poststructuralist theories and their implications for feminist methodologies.
  • Critically evaluate the value feminist theory adds to the social sciences as well as the limitation within it.
Topical Outline:
  • Three moments in feminist research
  • What is feminist theory?
  • Feminist Standpoint theory
  • Impact of feminist theory on the social sciences
  • Feminist sociologists
  • Feminist methodology
  • Can there be a feminist ethnography?
  • Feminism and postmodernism

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Yngve Digernes Date: August 22, 2011
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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