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Feminist Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Tuition fee


EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2018
NORMAL prices after 28.2.2018

Expenses for Special Courses
Air Quality in China 190,00 EUR to be paid together with the course fee
Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes 190,00 EUR, paid in cash during the course

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This practical course educates students in how to do and carry out feminist research. We will focus on how feminist scholars challenge dominant theories of knowledge and the major methodologies employed in the social sciences and humanities. Through lectures and workshops, we will ask how feminist theory shapes the kinds of research questions we ask, the types of materials we use, the methodologies we choose, and how we define our relationships with our subjects/materials. Students are expected to conduct a short pre-assignment, actively participate in the workshop discussions, and critically reflect throughout the course.

Learning objectives

After the course, the students will be able to:
• Plan and carry out a larger research project utilising feminist research methodologies.
• Reflect upon the limits of conventional knowledge production in academia
• Gain practical and creative skills to produce diverse forms of knowledge
• Discuss politics of gender, race, class and sexuality in cross-cultural contexts
• Recognise the diverse historical, cultural and political trajectories and forms of feminist politics
• Critically engage with intersectional research methods and theories

Course format and teaching methods

Lectures, workshops and excursions. The interdisciplinary teaching methods combine traditional learning methods and feminist research methodologies, such as art, college marking, and poetry. The students require no practical experience of art making or doing feminist research.

Target students

Master’s degree students interested in feminist research methods from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Such as political science or international relations, area and cultural studies, gender studies, history, sociology, and anthropology. Particularly welcome are those who working on their Master’s thesis or are planning PhD studies.


Cai Weaver
Merle Wessel
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Apply now! Summer 2019
Application start
Dec 1, 2018
May 31, 2019 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.

Application deadline
Jul 20, 2019 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

NB! The application deadline is June 26th, 2018. However the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until July 20th, 2018.

Studies commence
Aug 7, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States