Fall 2015

Ideas and Methods in the Study of Gender

Listed in: Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-300


Amrita Basu (Section 01)


This seminar will explore the influence of gender studies and of feminism on our research questions, methods and the way we situate ourselves in relationship to our scholarship. For example, how can we employ ethnography, textual analysis, empirical data and archival sources in studying the complex ties between the local and the global, and the national and the transnational? Which ideas and methods are best suited to analyzing the varied forms of women’s resistance across ideological, class, racial and national differences? Our major goal will be to foster students' critical skills as inter-disciplinary, cross cultural writers and researchers. This course counts as a proseminar designed for juniors and seniors in SWAGS.

Requisite: SWAG 100 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Basu.

If Overenrolled: Priority to SWAGS majors

Cost: $35 ?

SWAG 300 - L/D

Section 01
W 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM BARR 102

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science MPS Brooke Ackerly & Jacqui True Amherst Books TBD
Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekov University of Chicago Press Kirin Narayan Amherst Books TBD
Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader Paradigm Alison Jaggar Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016