Women's Spirituality Research Methodologies

School of Consciousness and Transformation PARW 8012 3.00

This course - required of all PhD students usually in their second year of study, and strongly recommended for MA students intending to write a thesis - surveys disciplinary and multidisciplinary Women's Spirituality research methodologies for the three areas of emphasis in Women's Spirituality: Women and World Religions; Feminist and Ecofeminist Philosophy; Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing. Students will compare and contrast two types of research methodologies for relevance vis-à-vis particular research topics. Methods considered may include women's spiritual ways of knowing, hermeneutics of scriptures, comparative studies, feminist standpoint epistemology, philosophical reasoning and conceptual analysis, action research, narrative/organic inquiry/heuristic research. literary criticism, and the creative processes of the arts.

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