Introduction to Gender Theory
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- identify, analyse and evaluate key issues surrounding the concept and application of 'gender';
- recognise and critically engage with key concepts in feminist theory that form the foundational questions of gender as an identity and social category;
- present a clear, considered and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas regarding feminist approaches to the concept of gender and related issues;
- critically apply their knowledge about gender issues to aspects of contemporary life and to their own experience; and
- understand and take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
Candidature in Diploma in Arts
- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- Other requirements -
Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Recent debates about the definition and content of gender identities have become increasingly complex and contested, provoking an urgent need for a critical understanding of these issues. This is an interdisciplinary subject which introduces students to foundational theories of gender including postcolonial feminist debates, philosophies of gender, and gender within critical literary studies. The subject also addresses the latest arguments regarding the expanding categories of gender identity, and the breakdown of the gender binary in many Western cultures. This subject equips students with analytical tools from a range of sociological, philosophical and critical literary positions, pertinent to the negotiation of contemporary and future changes regarding gender in society.
Assessment 1 Online Posts: 200 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3 Assessment 2 Critical Reflection: 500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 15 Assessment 3 Essay Plan: 300 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3 Assessment 4 Essay: 1500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5 Assessment 5 Take Home Exam: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5
- Online Posts (10%)
- Take Home Exam - 2 hrs 15 mins (40%)
- Critical Reflection (20%)
- Essay (25%)
- Essay Plan (5%)