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Masters level courses

WGS701 Research Paper

30 credits

This module challenges students to imagine themselves as knowledge producers through the planning, conceptualising and implementation of a small research project exploring a gender issue of significance to themselves and to write a research report of 10,000 words

WGS 803 Research Paper

90 credits

This module requires students to plan, design and implement a research project exploring a gender issue of significance to themselves and to write a research report of 25,000 words.

WGS711 Feminist research methodologies

30 credits

Engages with key concepts and pertinent theoretical debates as well as the practicalities of ‘doing’ a feminist research project, from initial design and conceptualisation to data collection and analysis. Particular focus is placed on preparing honours students for conducting a research paper including the framing process of generating a research proposal.

WGS806 Advanced feminist research methods

30 credits

Depending on student numbers, this course is usually combined with the hons module WGS731. Students engage with key concepts and pertinent theoretical debates as well as the practicalities of ‘doing’ a feminist research project, from initial design and conceptualisation to data collection and analysis. Particular focus is placed on preparing masters students for conducting research including the framing process of generating the research proposal that will be required for submission to the Higher degrees committee.

 

WGS731 Theories of Feminism

30 credits

This course encourages students to take ownership of theory by drawing on various global and local traditions selectively, eclectically and critically, to make students self-conscious about “feminist theorizing” as the use of explanatory frameworks for making gendered sense of the world, to help students identify and critically use key approaches and concepts for independent analyses in essays and research projects, to help students acquire knowledge of and insight into the global theoretical models, thinkers and topics that are especially relevant to African contexts.

 

WGS832 Trends in contemporary feminist theory

30 credits

Depending on student numbers, this course is combined with WGS 731 . The course aims to encourage students to take ownership of theory by drawing on various global and local traditions selectively, eclectically and critically; to make students self-conscious about “feminist theorizing” as the use of explanatory frameworks for making gendered sense of the world; to help students identify and critically use key approaches and concepts for independent analyses in essays and research projects; to help students acquire knowledge of and insight into the global theoretical models, thinkers and topics that are especially relevant to African contexts.

 

WGS736 & WGS 836 Elective Decolonising gender & sexuality

30 credits (May not be offered in 2019)

The course addresses alternative, critical and social justice pedagogies and research  methodologies that speak to the scholarly project of critical, feminist and decolonial perspectives on gender and sexual justice. Key aims include a critical reflection and deconstruction of contemporary normative pedagogical and research practices in current scholarship and practices on sexuality and gender; a focus on thinking about contemporary examples of pedagogic, activist, performative events and how they serve to disrupt, destabilize and interrogate heteronormativity, sexual & gender injustice; an exploration of the value of alternative practices of participatory and engaged scholarship, which decentres normative academic authority and challenges ‘everyday’ power relations and disempowering and violent practices in the mainstream academic project; the generation of new imaginaries, thinking and acting, towards the project of gender and sexual justice.

 

 


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