This course is designed for students in 2 year MA programs in the first year of their study. The aim of the course is to help them reflect further on the proposed topic of their MA thesis and to prepare for actual research. The course will address some of the major questions in setting research agenda: formulating research questions; choosing proper methodology and methods; dealing with ethical questions. Several representative examples of feminist research will be discussed from the point of view of research design, methodology, argumentation and analytical finesse.

Students will be required to discuss course readings, as well as their own research projects. They will work both individually and in smaller groups.