• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Melinda Cooper
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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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.


Learning Outcomes

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

Indicative Assessment

The recommended assessment for this course is 3,000- 3,500 words of written work and tutorial participation.

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130 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

To enrol in this course you must have completed GEND1001 or GEND1002 or SOCY1002 or SOCY1004, or with permission of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

* 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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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6766 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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