Topic outline

  • The goal of the course is to introduce students to epistemology of science in the context of gender studies. Further, it offers students an opportunity to contemplate the dialogue between mainstream science and feminist alternatives. Selected methodological approaches and distinctions will be also discussed, i.e. quantitative vs. qualitative, positivism vs. constructivism etc.

  • 1. Why should we study epistemology? Feminist perspectives

  • 2. Nature of science

  • 3. Knowledge in context

  • 4. Theory, observation and practical adequacy

  • 5. Paradigms – assumptions and implications for research

  • 6. Advantages and disadvantages of traditional quantitative-qualitative division

  • 7. Gender and epistemic negotiations

  • 8. Empiricist epistemology

  • 9. Stand-point epistemology

  • 10. Stand-point epistemology: rethinking

  • 11. Epistemic communities

  • 12. Otherness as a challenge for epistemology

  • 13. Feminist epistemologies and natural sciences

  • 14. Challenges when planning a feminist research project

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