Hazel Dick Leonard
Interdisciplinary Research Seminar
on Gender

IDS 360 / 560
Spring 2017

Course Instructor
Professor Renée Bergland
Hazel Dick Leonard Chair
Professor of English
Office: C-310E by appointment
Email: Renee.Bergland@simmons.edu

Course Administrator
Molly Labell
Office : C-310E by appointment
Email : HazelDickLeonardSeminar@gmail.com

Course Description
The Hazel Dick Leonard Interdisciplinary Research Seminar on Gender (IDS 360/560) is an alternative research capstone for students whose independent study or thesis projects centralize issues of gender in its diverse cultural manifestations. It is a collaborative seminar designed to strengthen students’ research through weekly workshops and interdisciplinary discussion. IDS 360/560 culminates in an annual one-day public research symposium where students invite outside scholars to speak at Simmons. All students admitted to IDS 360/560 are honored as Hazel Dick Leonard Scholars and receive funding for their individual research projects.

Course Readings
Because this seminar is designed as a weekly workshop to present and critically discuss each student’s individual research project, there are no required texts. Instead, the current draft of your research project will function as the weekly reading. Additionally, students will send out (via email) relevant excerpts from external sources that supplement the reading of your draft.

Course Assignments

  • (35%) Final Research Project. This seminar is designed exclusively for workshopping and polishing your research project. Students are expected to submit final research projects that are of publishable quality. Final research projects should be 25-30 pages and follow the general guidelines of the student’s respective program/department. Students are expected to meet with their advisors to determine specific outcome goals, and these outcome goals should be typed up and given to the course instructor.
  • (30%) Research Presentation and Workshop Discussion. This seminar will consist of devoting one class meeting to workshopping each student’s research project. One week before the scheduled presentation, the presenter will distribute a draft of her or his paper and a few relevant scholarly materials (a maximum of one hundred pages total, including draft and background materials). The presenter will offer a 30-minute presentation of the research project using their current draft and selected excerpts from supporting sources as the week’s reading material, This presentation should include a detailed list of thoughts, questions, and concerns for the class to address in the workshop discussion. The remainder of class time will be devoted to a discussion of the student’s project.  The presenter’s advisor/mentor is required to attend the presentation. All advisors/mentors are invited to attend other workshops, and a few other interested scholars may also be invited (for example, a presenter from Social Work might invite one or two Social Work students or a Social Work professor with related interests).  Everyone who attends a seminar meeting is expected to have read and reviewed the materials before the meeting.
  • (30%) Class Participation and Critical Discussion. This seminar is participation and discussion intensive. Attendance is absolutely mandatory. Students are expected to read supporting materials carefully in the week before class, and participate fully in each week’s workshop discussion of the presenter’s project. Although there will never be more than one hundred pages of reading, it will often be in unfamiliar disciplines, or use unfamiliar approaches.  It is imperative that you prepare for classes outside of your expertise, since this is an interdisciplinary seminar. Even if—especially if—the presenter’s discipline is strange to you, your critical feedback will help your fellow students to strengthen their research and writing.
  • (5%) Research Symposium. This seminar has the unique opportunity to host an annual research symposium at Simmons College. Students will be given funds to invite, host, and introduce local guest speakers (including academics or activists) at this symposium.

Course Schedule

01/24  Welcome: Hazel Dick Leonard Seminar Logistics

HOW TO:   
Work Independently
Work with an advisor  
Work with your budget
Conduct a seminar presentation and workshop

01/31  Opening Discussion: Interdisciplinary Research and Methodologies.

Propose conference papers  
Deliver academic presentations
Submit articles for publication

Deadline to confirm use of research funding with Molly Labell: February 7, 2017

0207   Research Presentation and Workshop 

02/14   Research Presentation and Workshop

02/21   Research Presentation and Workshop 

02/28  Research Presentation and Workshop 

03/07NO CLASS Spring Break.

03/14   Research Presentation and Workshop 

03/21   Research Presentation and Workshop 

03/28  Research Presentation and Workshop 

03/31   HDL Research Symposium (hosting outside scholars)

Annual HDL Research Symposium will be scheduled for the first week of April.

04/04  Research Presentation and Workshop 

04/11    Research Presentation and Workshop 

04/18   Research Presentation and Workshop 

04/25Research Presentation and Workshop 

05/02  Research Presentation and Workshop

NOTE: Your research advisor/mentor is expected to attend the seminar meeting on your research presentation date, and encouraged to participate in our discussion. Advisors and mentors are also invited to attend other seminar meetings if they are interested. For your presentation, you are encouraged to invite other students and professors from your department/program who might offer relevant expertise.