Spring 2024 - GSWS 800 G100

Toolkit for GSWS Research (5)

Class Number: 3135

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.



An interdisciplinary seminar introducing a variety of methodological approaches to research in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Students will examine the theories, purpose, scope, and strategies for feminist approaches to research. Students will study examples of research and criticism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Emphasis will be placed on rigorous and creative approaches to research design, as well as practical application of research methods. Students will apply methods studied in the course to their own areas of concentration.


To what ends, and for whose benefit, do we undertake research? What forms of knowledge are perceived to be valid and valuable? Whose voices “count”? These are some of the questions that serve as the basis for this course, in which we grapple with the what, the why, and the how of doing research.

Our discussion will move between theory and method and will include opportunities for applied research practice with methods used in critical social sciences and historical fields of study. We will evaluate survey tools, visit an archive, and conduct an interview. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate or develop a methodological approach.

Along the way, we will return regularly to questions of knowledge production: how do we understand experience as expertise? How can practices of relational accountability reshape our approach to the (human and non-human) communities with whom we work? We will wrestle with these and other questions, while also attending to the context in which we are situated: how we negotiate the push-and-pull between feminist enactments of solidarity and efforts toward decolonization on the one hand, and exercises of (academic) hegemonic power and on the other hand.


For more detailed information please see the GSWS website: http://www.sfu.ca/gsws/graduate/courses/Educational_Goals.html


  • Researcher reflections & engagements with texts 30%
  • Interview portfolio 25%
  • Researcher methodology 30%
  • Peer review 15%



Various content (journal articles, videos, podcasts, etc.) available on Canvas and/or via SFU library databases.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html