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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2008


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Course Description

This course is designed to prepare graduate students in gender studies and the qualitative social sciences to conduct a research project for their master's theses or similar projects. We will explore a range of research methods and traditions as well as the epistemological assumptions underlying them. We will consider what it means to conduct "feminist" research, as well as the perils and promise of the more participatory research traditions. Some of the research methods we will explore include interviewing, survey research, case studies, textual analysis, and participant observation.

Grading Policy

Assignments & Requirements: 1. (20%) Short paper on feminist research ethics (3-5 pages) 2. (10%) Create an annotated bibliography on your prospective research topic (minimum of ten references). 3. (20%) Critique three journal articles on your prospective topic that employ three different research designs. 4. (40%) Write and present a preliminary research proposal, including a proposed research design (the final proposal should be 15 - 20 pages). The proposal should include a statement of the central problem or question, a review of the relevant literature, a discussion of the significance of this problem, an outline of your expected findings, as well as a discussion and justification for your research design (including the potential shortcomings of the design). 5. (10%) Class attendance and participation. Course Expectations: This is a graduate seminar, meaning that students are expected to attend all class sessions and to come to class prepared to discuss the readings. The professor will facilitate discussion, which will be driven by the students. We will have periodic guest lecturers and in class exercises.


Michelle Fine (1992), Disruptive Voices: The Possibilities of Feminist Research Nancy Naples, (2003), Feminism and Method Shulamit Reinharz (1992), Feminist Methods in Social Research Sandra Harding (1987), Feminism and Methodology: Social Science Issues


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