• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Human Sciences, Philosophy, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Fiona Jenkins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This advanced undergraduate course introduces students to major strands of philosophical research in the field of gender. In particular, the course examines feminist epistemology, which has had a wide-ranging influence; feminist discourses on power that seek to interpret gendered phenomena in public and private contexts; and theories of the nature and reality of gender. Philosophers have been among the leading theorists of gender (Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Elizabeth Grosz, for instance) and have advanced important theories of knowledge and power to which gendered relations are central. By paying attention to the explicitly philosophical context from which our most influential accounts of gender arise, students will gain depth and subtlety in their capacity to interpret the nuances of gendered realities.

This course will therefore be of interest to students with a background or interest in gender studies as well as to philosophers. It encourages students to think about the complexities of gender, gendered relations, embodiment, inequality and power as these impact how we understand wider questions of social and political order. By philosophically exploring gender as an aspect of knowledge, self-hood, social institutions, and political hierarchy, students will be well placed to critically evaluate key debates around gender in the contemporary world.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Define and critically analyse keywords and contemporary debates in the philosophy of gender.
  2. Compare, contrast and reflect on contemporary scholarship on gendered embodiment, feminist epistemology and theories of power.
  3. Recognise, distinguish and appraise research and methods in philosophical terms, in the field of gender and feminist theory.
  4. Develop and express a well-argued critical perspective on key questions presented in the course.
  5. Understand how theories of gender can be applied in contemporary contexts.

Indicative Assessment

Short essay, 1300 words 20% LO 1, 2, 3
Long essay, 3200 words 60% LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Tutorial Presentation, 5 minutes, approx equivalent to 600 words 10% LO 1, 2
Tutorial Participation 10% LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact (over 12 weeks): 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials.
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed at least 6 units of a 2000 level PHIL course, OR 6 units of a 2000 level GEND course, OR with permission of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

All relevant readings will be posted in WATTLE.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4132 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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