SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology

SOCI 395-003: Feminist Research Methods
(Fall 2022)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Horizon Hall 3008

Section Information for Fall 2022

This class will provide an introduction to feminist approaches to social research. Students will collect, analyze, and write-up research data as you examine many of the central methodological issues and questions raised by feminist scholars. These include feminist critiques of positivism, feminist standpoint theory, social action research models, and feminist engagements with ethical concerns in doing research with human subjects. We emphasize a learning-by-doing approach to prepare students to conduct research. This course is designated as an RS level course and its development is being supported by OSCAR, Mason’s Students as Scholars Program ( This means that you will not only be learning about feminist approaches to social research, but you will be doing original feminist research. You will design and conduct your own research project to answer your own research question and will share the results of your research in the Gender Research Conference as well as another scholarly venue. Cross listed with COMM 385-001 and WMST 410-001.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces the research interests of the faculty, offering new courses that reflect current issues not yet incorporated into the curriculum. Offers, in addition, advanced study into topics covered in the standing curriculum. Topics change by semester. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: SOCI 101
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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