• Class Number 4132
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Fiona Jenkins
    • AsPr Fiona Jenkins
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

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.

Research-Led Teaching

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, with a focus on Judith Butler's influential account.

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Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

Readings will be made available online.


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: written comments, verbal comments, feedback to the whole class, to tutorial groups, to individuals (on request)

Student Feedback

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Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to course and overview (2hr lecture plus tut) Key concept: Gender
2 Gender Trouble: How is gender performative? (2hr lecture plus tut) Key concept: Performativity
3 Body Politics of Gender; Law, norms, regulation - (2hr lecture plus tut) Key concept: Heteronormative
4 Bodies that Matter: Social construction, gender materialization and biopolitics (2hr lecture plus tut) Key concept: Mattering
5 Queer life and Ethical life (2hr lecture plus tut) Key concept: Liveability
6 Gender and the Right to Appear: Subjects, assembly, resistance (2hr lecture plus tut) Key concept: Vulnerability
7 Feminist epistemologies (Tuana and Alcoff) (2hr lecture plus tut) Key Concept: Ignorance
8 Standpoint and critique (Harding and Haraway) (2hr lecture plus tut) Key Concept: Standpoint
9 Gendered knowledge (Fricker, Medina and Code) (2hr lecture plus tut) Key Concept: Epistemic injustice
10 Gendered social contracts (Pateman, Brown and Ahmed) (2hr lecture plus tut) Key Concept: Consent
11 Terms of equality (Young, Fraser) (2hr lecture plus tut) Key Concept: Oppression
12 Neo-liberal gender orders (Fraser and Butler) Key Concept: Precarity

Tutorial Registration

Please sign up online for a tutorial time.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Short essay 25 % 08/04/2021 23/04/2021 1, 2, 3
Long essay 55 % 04/06/2021 30/06/2021 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Keyword 1 5 % 15/03/2021 31/03/2021 1, 2
Keyword 2 5 % 10/05/2021 31/05/2021 1, 2
Keyword 3 5 % 28/05/2021 18/06/2021 1, 2
tutorial participation 5 % * * 1.2.3.

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This course offers a mix of in person and remote participation. This mixture is hopefully going to enable participation for people in a range of circumstances. We will of course be subject to the conditions the pandemic imposes and the outline below may change.

  • Lectures will be in person for 8 out of 12 of the weeks, with 'old-style' audio recording of the lecture.
  • In 2 of the weeks (public holidays) the lectures will be video pre-recorded and include links to other things to view online via YouTube.
  • In 2 of the weeks we will meet on Zoom.

The in person and Zoom lectures will be interactive.

  • Some tutorials will be available in person
  • Some tutorials will be online via Zoom

You can sign up to a tutorial arrangement that suits you. All students are required to attend tutorials and to contribute actively and constructively to discussion. Each week you must prepare by doing the reading in advance of classes. Writing 200 words on each keyword every week is required as preparation for the class.



Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 08/04/2021
Return of Assessment: 23/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Short essay

In up to 1250 words address one of the questions set in week 5 of the course.

Presentation requirements for all written tasks: Please use 12 pt font and 1.5 line spacing. 

Submit as word doc or as pdf.

A rubric is provided in the course guide.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 55 %
Due Date: 04/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Long essay

In up to 2750 words address one of the questions set in week 9 of the course. This is a hurdle assessment - you cannot complete the course without submitting this essay.

Presentation requirements for all written tasks: Please use 12 pt font and 1.5 line spacing. 

Submit as word doc or as pdf.

A rubric is provided in the course guide.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 15/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 31/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Keyword 1

Keywords have been identified in this course to serve as a focal point in each week's discussion of the philosophy of gender. In a brief note, describe the significance and use of the keyword in the context of the reading set for the course. Briefly explain its conceptual background and its applicability to a problem.

FOR ASSESSMENT purposes, 3 of these keywords must be written up during the course (tasks 3-5) and submitted via Turnitin (Assessment task 3,4 and 5)

Keywords will NOT be formally presented in class. However, as an ongoing, but un-assessed task, a short account of the keyword should be prepared before the tutorial in the week that topic is discussed. You may be asked to share your keyword commentary in the tutorial.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 10/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Keyword 2

 see task 3

Assessment Task 5

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 28/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 18/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Keyword 3

See task 3

Assessment Task 6

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1.2.3.

tutorial participation

Tutorial participation will be assessed on the basis of verbal contributions to discussion, with an expectation that you are able to discuss the topic when called upon to do so and that you volunteer contributions. Listening and responding constructively to others are also valued contributions. Tutorial performance counts for 5% and will be assessed in terms of the quality of contributions to discussion: insight, relevance and appropriateness of comments, based on proper preparation for the class.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments


Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Assignments may not be resubmitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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