Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Andrea Waling


Previously coded SCY2460


This unit explores recent sociological analyses of men and masculinity, which start from the realisation that men's lives are just as much gendered as are those of women. Topics covered include: the social construction of masculinity; men and popular culture; the contemporary crisis in masculinity; self-help literature for men; men's magazines; the men's movement; male bodies; men and sport; men and domesticity; aggression and violence.


Students completing this unit will:

  1. Develop a critical awareness of the status of men in society
  2. Be introduced to different sociological approaches to the study of men and masculinity
  3. Possess an insight into the various cultural constructions of masculinity
  4. Develop their analytical skills to critically understand and interpret the status of men in society.


Mass Media Assignment (1000 words): 25%
Research Essay (2500): 50%
Examination (1 hour): 25%

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Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

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