This course will develop students' understanding of concepts and theories of gender and sex, as well as examining the aims of feminist theory in general. The course will trace changes from the late 1960s to the present in the status of the categories of 'women', 'gender' and ‘sexuality’ as foundational concepts in Feminist Theory. Topics to be covered include: biological and cultural theories of sex and gender; feminist analyses of identity, power and sexuality, the relationship between gender and differences of race and class; feminist theory, postmodernism and postfeminism.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Students will develop:
- advanced understanding of debates about the foundational concepts of gender and sex in feminist theory
- familiarity with some of the key debates and texts in feminist theory
- an ability to critically analyse and understand theoretical texts
- improved skills of argumentation and exposition
The recommended assessment for this course is 3,000- 3,500 words of written work and tutorial participation.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Requisite and Incompatibility
* Stacey, J. 'Feminist Theory: Capital F, Capital T' in V. Robinson & D. Richardson (eds) Introducing Women's Studies: Feminist Theory and Practice, MacMillan, 1997.
* Ang, I., 'I'm a Feminist But... Other Women and Postnational Feminism' in B. Caine and R. Pringle, (eds) Transitions: New Australian Feminisms, Allen & Unwin, 1995.
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