FEMINISM, CONFLICT AND CHANGE

GSD2FCC

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Feminism continues to fuel movements for social justice, yet its grounding in the category of 'woman' is constantly challenged. In this subject we explore how the interests of non-Western women and men, as well as sexually marginal and gender diverse people, contest the dominant liberal feminism of public discourse. Ideas emanating from poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, queer theory and critical race theory have challenged some of the positions taken by earlier forms of western feminism, prompting continual renewal in feminist projects. We will use a range of texts to examine such contemporary questions about gender, sexuality, culture and power, and ask if the recent emergence of intersectional feminism can rise to new challenges in the politics of difference and inequality.


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SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorToula Diamanto Nicolacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENG2CFT (taught until 2013)

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify key issues, measures of inequality, concepts, public debates and policy directions in the heritage of feminist activism and thought.

Activities:
online discussions, polls, regular blog posts on reading activities and lecture responses, research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Synthesise and evaluate debates and conflicts within feminism over time

Activities:
blog posts and research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Articulate the changing challenges and responses to feminist public debates in different historical periods and geographical locations.

Activities:
online discussions, seminar exercises, blog posts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Develop effective communication in discussing sensitive issues

Activities:
online discussions, semianr exercises, blog posts, research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorToula Diamanto Nicolacopoulos

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Task 1 Blog posts and replies to other students (1600 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Task 2: Staged research essay stage one: annotated bibliography and proposal (800 words)20 01, 02, 03
Task 2 Staged research essay stage two: Essay (1600)40 01, 02, 03, 04