Subject details

By the end of this subject it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. Identify the questions, theories and methods that characterise Gender Studies as an interdisciplinary field, in the context of its relationship with the social movement of feminism

2. Articulate some of the ways in which gender, sex and sexuality--and the other identities they intersect with--shape social structures and our lives

3. Articulate a coherent, developed account of gender and power

4. Think critically about gender-related social problems and their ethical, political and cultural consequences

5. Investigate the significance of cross-cultural dialogue in contemporary Gender Studies

6. Comprehend and analyse a variety of texts (print, oral, film, multimedia) and data sources critically within their historical, social and discursive contexts.

7. Demonstrate knowledge about Gender Studies in written and verbal communication

    • Introduction to Gender Studies
    • Bodies, Brains and Binaries
    • 1970s Feminisms
    • Femininities
    • 1970s Men's Movements and the Rise of Masculinity Studies
    • Masculinities
    • 1970s Sexualities, Queer Theory and Paris is Burning
    • Gender and Performativity
    • Intersectionality and Third Wave Feminisms
    • Intersex and Trans* Spectrums
    • Gender and Intimacy
    • Gender and Nation and Conclusions
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

What it means to be male or female varies with time and place. This variety is patterned, and tied up with the dynamics of power, with the distribution of resources and with cultural representations in a society’s gender order. Gender studies is an interdisciplinary intellectual project that seeks to understand patterned gender differences in social life, and how these differences shape human relationships and human experience at the individual level. This subject is an introduction to this project. We consider how gender has been theorised and researched, and explore how questions of gender are framed and investigated in a range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities. Topics may include work, sexuality, war, media, literature, abortion, beauty and more. The subject can be taken as a one-off elective in any degree, or in pursuit of a major or minor in Gender Studies.

  • Key concepts assignment 1 (30%)
  • Main Essay (40%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Quizzes (20%)

Textbooks are not required.

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