Topic outline

  • The course familiarizes students with basic principles of feminist epistemology. It helps them to orientate in main requirements to do academic research. Deciding on what method to use to find the solution or answer, and then gathering, organizing, and analysing data, are the next steps, followed by writing and publishing the research report.


    The course is taught seminar-style, formal lecturing will be kept to a minimum. The goal of this course is to familiarize the students with feminist epistemology, to familiarize them with various disciplinary and methodological approaches and to learn them how to apply the feminist research methodes and topics.

  • 1. What is feminist knowledge? Motivations, principles and claims

  • 2. Feminist epistemology

  • 3. Constructivism, antifoundationalism and pluralism and their consequences for doing research

  • 4. Principles of methodical examination

  • 5. From the idea of doing research to the research question

  • 6. Research topic and its inter/disciplinary grounding

  • 7. Formulation of the research question

  • 8. Theory and literature. Theoretical grounding of research question

  • 9. Literature review. How to link literature with research question and analytical part of research

  • 10. Literature research (online, offline). Critical evaluation of the found literature. Advantages and disadvantages of using electronic sources. Citation software.

  • 11. Argumentation. Basic characteristics of good academic writing

  • 12. Gender sensitive language

  • 13. Practical methods of academic writing

  • 14. Publishing. Responsibility of academic researcher