• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies, History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

What makes a real man? To understand how ideals of masculinity have varied over time this course focuses on historical figures whose lives help to open up the changing ways in which masculinity has been embodied, tested, challenged and violated, as well as the authorities and cultural practices that have shaped codes of masculinity. Students will explore how and why notions of ‘manliness’ have shifted in the context of revolution, war, exploration, imperialism and anti-colonialism.

Course materials include theoretical and historical readings on gender, plus fact-based and fictional texts, including published and manuscript documents, painting, photography, monuments, music and film.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this course you will, upon successful completion, learn how to analyse the historical contingency of gender identities, and to see how they are historically contingent, rather than natural or timeless.

1:The lectures will broaden students' knowledge of Western history, as well as the history of exemplary historical figures.

2: The concept map will demonstrate students' capacity to evaluate and compare historical and theoretical analyses of masculinity.

3: The research essay will demonstrate students' capacity to undertake original research and to apply key course concepts in original case studies of historically-situated masculinities.

4. The submission of discussion points in tutorials will demonstrate students' capacity to understand assigned readings and improve their ability to think historically. 

5. The final exam will demonstrate students' capacity to link concepts raised in the lectures to the assigned readings in novel ways.

Other Information

This course may be counted towards a Gender, Sexuality and Culture or History major.

Indicative Assessment

Concept map and explanatory essay (400 words) 15% [2]

Essay research plan (400 words) 10% [3 ]

Research essay (2000 words) 50% [3 ]

Tutorial participation: 10% [4,5]

Final examination 15% [5,4,2,1 ]

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1 x 1.5-hr hour lecture per week plus 10 x 1 hour tutorials during the semester, plus six hours of non-contact independent study per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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