Feminist Theory and Methodology

Dr. David Fine drew inspiration from Virginia Woolf's classic Three Guineas essay for his experiential learning activity. In her feminist essay, the speaker had to decide how to spend her three guineas  in order to promote peace. The Experiential Learning Innovation Fund for Faculty (ELIFF) grant of $500 served as the student's guineas. In Fine's class, Women and Gender Studies 310, his students determined how best to spend the money in order to promote feminism today. This was done through written reflection, classroom debate, and community-engaged research. There were three Units that helped to guide the student's progress. In Unit 1 they wrote individual proposals for programming or service where the goal was to advance a feminist cause on campus or in the local community. In Unit 2 the class, as a whole, assessed the proposals and identified the strongest. Unit 3 involved the collaborative implementation of the proposal, drawing on the funding from the grant. 

Fine has identified several learning outcomes for this activity. The first, and foremost, was for students to demonstrate their understanding of complex feminist theory through its hands-on application. The ELIFF grant brought a concrete realism to their actualization of theory because students will have to negotiate real-world concerns as they figured out how to properly allocate the money. The second learning outcome was for students to collaborate successfully on a project over which they have full autonomy. With this project, Fine aimed to create an interdisciplinary space in which students could exercise their varied skills. The idea of this experiential learning activity was to not only teach feminist theory, but also to practice feminist pedagogy. The third learning outcome was for students to exhibit awareness of intersectionality and its importance to feminist theory and practice. As students considered various proposals, they wrestled with the complexity of sex, gender, and sexuality. 

This project enabled active, hands-on, self-guided learning for the students. An important goal for the project was to take on the active implementation of a service, program, or initiative that would further feminist aims. Fine contributed actively in all the stages of the project as a mentor and teacher, but the final project's character and scope rested in the hands of the students.  

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David J. Fine

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Email: David J. Fine

Phone: 937-229-3697

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College of Arts and Sciences: English