AMU2908 - Critical methodologies for action research - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences


Dr Joseph Goh

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit engages with two key critical modes of inquiry: feminist and queer which are distinctive methodologies for Gender Studies and Sexuality Studies. These modes of inquiry underline the full cycle of a research process: from identifying a research topic, mapping research design, generating and analysing data to writing-up and disseminating research findings. Feminist and queer methodologies or theoretical frameworks underpinning research would critically consider aspects such as: identifying research gaps with a view to giving voice to the narratives of marginalised communities (e.g. gender and sexual minorities); grounding research in their lived realities and in specific social-cultural contexts; and practising reflexivity when faced with ethical dilemmas, engaging and representing the 'other' and interpreting, writing up and disseminating data.

In addressing the 'so what' criterion of research, a feminist and queer ethos also find full expression in taking action as a primary outcome of the research process hence action research (e.g. change mindsets, review policy, formulate framework for activism, etc.). The transformative ends of such research potentially realise feminist and queer praxis and in doing so, apply learning towards effecting social justice. The unit also aims to prepare students for the capstone experience - engaging with the workplace and community.


  1. Identify key aspects of queer and feminist modes of inquiry;
  2. Discuss the application of queer and feminist modes of inquiry across a range of case studies;
  3. Compare the appropriateness and cogency of queer and feminist modes of inquiry for action research;
  4. Design a research project that engages with a queer and/or feminist mode of inquiry for action research;
  5. Assess the relevance of a queer and/or feminist mode of inquiry to the challenges of action research;
  6. Communicate perceptively, effectively and with cultural sensitivity;
  7. Demonstrate ethical values, cross-cultural competency as a responsible and effective global citizen.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units