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Methodology, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Metod

This syllabus is valid: 2022-09-05 and until further notice

Course code: 2KC029

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Gender Studies: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS)

Revised by: Director of Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS), 2022-06-22


This course will provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills to engage with interdisciplinary methods in gender studies and an ability to problematize the different parts of the research process. It  also deals with feminist perspectives on research ethics. The course  will provide students with experience and knowledge on how to apply and problematize interdisciplinary research methods in their own projects. Active participation by students in seminars is vital to complete course. The course is taught in English.

Expected learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student shall have the ability to:
Knowledge and understanding 

  • understand and explain the different parts of the research process
  • show understanding of different methods in gender studies
  • understand and explain knowledge of feminist perspectives on research ethics

Skills and abilities 

  • demonstrate skills and abilities in terms of collecting and analyzing empirical data 
  • argue for methodological choices

Judgement and approach

  • independently reflect on their own analysis and interpretation, as well as their own role in the research process,
  • independently identify and evaluate research ethical problems, as well as argue for own research ethical positions

Required Knowledge

To be admitted to the course applicants must have completed three semesters of full time studies, equivalent to 90 ECTS, of which at least 15 ECTS must be an independent project or four semesters of full time studies equivalent to 120 ECTS.

English proficiency equivalent to English A/6 from Swedish Upper secondary education.

Form of instruction

The course is a full time on-line course in English. The course is taught entirely through an electronic Learning Management System where the student takes part in lectures, mandatory assignments and other learning activities. The studies are characterized by a high degree of independent and active search for knowledge, and critical reflection, both individually and in groups.

Examination modes

Examination takes place through fulfilment of two parts:
1) Mandatory assignments during the course
2) Individual written assignment.

For part 1 the grades are Fail (U) or Pass (G). For part 2, as well as for the whole course, the grades are Fail (U), Pass (G) and Pass with Distinction (VG). The grade for the whole course in based on the examination of part 2. In order to be awarded Pass for the entire course, it is necessary that all examinations and all compulsory teaching sessions have been passed. A re-sit examination can be offered at the earliest ten days and at the latest three months after publishing information about the first examination. One more examination will be offered within the next year. A student who has passed the examination is not eligible for a new examination to raise grades. The option of a re-examination based on the original course syllabus will be available for at least two years after a student registered for the course. All in all, a student is given five chances of fulfilling the course examination. A student has the right to change examiner after failing two examinations for a course module, unless there are strong arguments against this.


Valid from: 2022 week 46

Allen Mary
Violence and voice: Using a feminist constructivist grounded theory to explore women’s resistance to abuse.
Sage publications : 2011 :
Violence and voice: Using a feminist constructivist grounded theory to explore women’s resistance to abuse.
Reading instructions: p. 23-45

Best Amy L.
Doing race in the context of feminist interviewing: Constructing whiteness through talk.
Sage publications : 2003 :
Doing race in the context of feminist interviewing: Constructing whiteness through talk.
Reading instructions: https://journals-sagepub-com.proxy.ub.umu.se/doi/pdf/10.1177/1077800403254891 pp 895-914

Using Thematic Analysis in Psychology
Braun V., Clarke V.
Included in:
Qualitative research in psychology
Colchester : Taylor & Francis Group : 2004- : 3 : pages 77-101 :

Reflecting on reflexive thematic analysis
Braun V, Clarke V
Included in:
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
2011- :

Cannon Pointdexter Cynthia
Meaning from Methods : Re-presenting Narratives of an HIV-affected Caregiver
Included in:
Qualitative social work
London : Sage : 2002- : pages 59-78 :

Feminist Methodologies and Epistemology
DOUCET Andrea, MAUTHNER Natasha S.
Sage publications INC : 2007 :
Reading instructions: p 36-43

Writing ethnographic fieldnotes
Emerson Robert M., Fretz Rachel I., Shaw Linda L.
2nd ed. : Chicago : University of Chicago Press : 2011 : xxiii, 289 p. :
ISBN: 9780226206837 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Harding Sandra G.
Feminism and methodology : social science issues
Bloomington : Indiana University Press : 1987 : 193 s. :
ISBN: 0-253-32243-X
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Ethics, Reflexivity, and “Ethically Important Moments” in Research
Guillemin Marilys, Gillam Lynn
ResearchGate : 2004 :
Reading instructions: pp 261-280

Hesse-Biber Sharlene Nagy
Handbook of feminist research : theory and praxis
Second edition. : Thousand Oaks, California : SAGE Publications : 2012 : 1 online resource (xxiii, 764 pages) :
Table of Contents / Abstracts
ISBN: 9781483384740
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Holliday Adrian.
Doing and writing qualitative research
2nd ed. : London : SAGE : 2007 : 1 online resource (xiv, 199 p.) :
ISBN: 9781446287958
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Howarth David
Buckingham : Open University Press : 2000 : x, 166 s. :
ISBN: 0-335-20071-0
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Feminist Research Ethics, Informed Consent, and Potential Harms
The Hilltop Review : 2012 :

Feminist research in online spaces
Morrow Oona, Hawkins Roberta, Kern Leslie
Taylor & Francis Online : 2015 :
Reading instructions: https://www-tandfonline-com.proxy.ub.umu.se/doi/full/10.1080/0966369X.2013.879108 pp 526-543

Social media ethnography: The digital researcher in a messy web
Postill J, Pink S
Included in:
Media international Australia
1999- : pages 123-134 :

Riessman Catherine Kohler
Narrative methods for the human sciences
London : SAGE : 2008 : x, 251 s.b ill. :
ISBN: 0-7619-2998-3 (pbk.)
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Negotiating Masculinity, Violence, and Responsibility: A Situational Analysis of Young Nicaraguan Men’s Discourses on Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence
Salazar Mariano, Öhman Ann
Taylor & Francis Group, LLC : 2015 :
Negotiating masculinity, violence, and responsibility: A situational analysis of young Nicaraguan men’s discourses on intimate partner and sexual violence. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 24(2)
Reading instructions: p 131-149

Salmons Janet
Doing qualitative research online
London : SAGE Publications : 2016 : xviii, 214 pages :
ISBN: 1446295400
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Discourse analysis as theory and method
Winther Jørgensen Marianne, Phillips Louise
London : Sage : 2002 : 229 s. :
ISBN: 0761971114
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Additional texts may be added, approximately 100 pages