KFL4000 – Interdisciplinary Research Methodologies and Thesis Writing Course for Gender Studies
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course focuses on the use of multi- and interdisciplinary research methodologies and epistemologies relevant to gender and feminist studies. In addition to an overview of some of the most significant methodological perspectives in the field, the course introduces the students to academic writing strategies. Through practical writing assignments and discussions of concrete projects, research techniques and -ethics, the course aims at preparing the students for writing their master's theses. Reflecting on the practical application of theoretical, epistemological and methodological perspectives will be emphasized. At the end of the course, the students will have completed their master's project description. The syllabus consists of two parts: in addition to the assigned reading list, each student will, in cooperation with their assigned supervisor, select 400 pages. The self-selected syllabi should help the students in formulating their project description and must be approved by the course instructors and master supervisor.
You will be able to:
- write a project description (including formulating research aims, planning the research process and develop a good research design and, if relevant, the handling of fieldwork)
- develop your academic writing skills by practicing and reflecting upon the conventions and strategies of thesis writing
- formulate research questions and research designs, and discuss applicable research tools and methods
- discuss the challenges and advantages of different methodological approaches and research designs
- discuss epistemological issues related to different methodologies
- reflect on and discuss different approaches to interdisciplinary gender research
- discuss methodological, epistemological and ethical issues relevant to their individual project description.
After completing the course you have:
- acquired the ability to conduct independent research
- acquired insight into gendered issues and processes that enables you to analyze specific and concrete questions and problems related to gender
- developed an awareness of the connection between the topic of your thesis and your choice of methodology
- developed your ability to discuss your own and your co-students’ project outlines.
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The course KFL4000 is mandatory for the students at the Master programme in Gender Studies
Students in other master programmes may apply to be accepted as guest students. Please note that the following special restrictions apply:
• Applicants must be admitted to a master program.
• This course will be taken as a part of their Master's degree. A confirmation from the student’s supervisor must be attached to the application.
• There are available places in this course.
Applications must be sent the Centre for Gender studies by 20 August.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
The course is a part of the Master program in Gender Studies.
The course consists of 10 classes of 3 hours during the spring semester. The teaching includes class discussion, lectures, practical writing assignments and student activities. During the course each student must present drafts of individual project descriptions and give two short oral presentations. At the end of the course the students must give an oral presentation in English of their project to their fellow students.
Participation is mandatory: 8 out of 10 classes (80%).
Access to teaching
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
In order to take the exam, students must have completed the following requirements:
- The mandatory participation requirement (80%)
- Mandatory oral presentations of course texts and the project description
- The project description must be completed and approved.
- An individual reading list must be approved.
The exam will consist of: A three-day take-home exam written in English or a Scandinavian Language,
The exam must have a length of 10 pages, (2300 characters per page total 23000 +/- 10% (not counting spaces) references and front page in addition).
Use of sources and citation
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
It is possible to submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.