• 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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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.You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6213

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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