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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Maryanne Dever

Synopsis

This unit introduces a range of exciting contemporary feminist theories. Broadly interdisciplinary in its concerns, the unit examines how feminist thinkers theorise around complex and challenging issues such as sex equality and sex difference; pleasure and danger in the realm of sexualities; bodies and body modification; fluidity in gender identity; shifting forms of femininity and masculinity; gender and citizenship; bodies, boundaries and nationhood; gender, race and cultural difference. Theorists examined include: Elizabeth Grosz, Luce Irigaray, Helene Cixous, Andrea Dworkin, Iris Marion Young, Richard Dyer, Ann Oakley, Joanna Frueh and others.

Objectives

Students successfully completing this unit will have gained

  1. a basic knowledge of a range of contemporary feminist theories;
  2. developed skills in reading and analysing theoretical texts;
  3. enhanced ability to develop and sustain theoretical arguments;
  4. enhanced skills in verbal and written communication.

Assessment

Written work: 90%
Class Participation/presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Maryanne Dever

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Sociology
Politics
Gender studies
Behavioural studies
Anthropology

Prerequisites

A first year sequence.

Prohibitions

WMN3240