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Issues in Feminist Cross-Cultural Research (12 points)


Leader: Maryanne Dever

Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit introduces key debates in the theory and practice of feminist cross-cultural research, including the range of issues raised by the challenges posed to white Western feminism primarily by women of colour, Third World and indigenous women, and women from other non-Western groups. Issues to be examined include the power relations underlying and determining the research process; cultural biases inherent in the production of knowledge; ethical issues in research; negotiating cultural difference in cross-cultural research; and the degree to which feminist methodologies are able to bridge these differences.

Assessment: Short essay (2500 words): 30% + Seminar presentation/participation: 15% + Long essay (6000 words): 55%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

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