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Gender Studies Research Methods (GEND40005)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeGEND40005
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This subject introduces students to research methods and research skills for planning, researching and writing a thesis in Gender Studies. Gender Studies is a uniquely transdisciplinary field, incorporating critical work on topics relating to gender, sexuality and feminisms from across multiple disciplines in both the humanities and the social sciences. This subject introduces students to a wide range of research methods from across this heterogeneous field, and explores lines of interconnection as well as points of divergence in Gender Studies’ diverse intellectual projects. The subject also teaches key research skills including: defining a scholarly field, establishing a research question, writing a thesis statement, developing a critical literature review, refining a conceptual framework, writing a statement on methodology, preparing a research proposal, identifying appropriate case studies, and understanding and managing ethics principles and procedures.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this subject will:

  • develop a detailed knowledge of key professional skills (developing a proposal, organising research, writing, editing, peer reviewing) and an understanding of the principles of various approaches to research;
  • acquire critical and analytical skills and methods to enable the identification and resolution of problems within specific research projects;
  • develop high level written communication skills;
  • develop an independent approach to understanding research practices that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate methodologies applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical research protocols;
  • be introduced to research practices across a range of disciplines;
  • work with independence, self- reflection and creativity to meet goals and challenges of research;
  • be able to communicate their knowledge effectively in a variety of oral and written formats.

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • have advanced research and analytic skills; and
  • have the ability to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively.

Last updated: 16 January 2019