Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Long before the Feminist movement took shape, there existed women who fought for women's rights and advocated for women's participation in public life. This subject explores case studies centred on the analysis of works (literary, philosophical, and filmic texts, as well as artworks) by key women from Europe and Latin America. You will learn about and discuss female icons, women writers, scholars, and artists from ancient to contemporary times , who contributed to reshape the socio-cultural norms of their societies by breaking out of the roles traditionally ascribed to their gender. Through this subject, you will gain a deeper understanding of the history of European and Latin American societies thereby developing the instruments to analyse and critique topical movements and social issues of our contemporary global societies. You will be made aware that single and apparently dispersed instances of resistance to a social status quo, when read as part of a larger context, can become the key in identifying and understanding an enduring call to build momentum towards social and cultural change. All classes are conducted in English.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJose Luis Fernandez Castillo

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesArt collective with individual critical journal, analytic task, research essay, class discussions, prescribed readings

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level 1 subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Interpretation of a variety of historical contexts through European and Latin American written and visual texts, including creative literary works and scholarly material.
02. Understand, analyse, and interpret the different forms that socio-cultural change has taken in different historical periods, countries, and across various disciplinary fields
03. Critically analyse historical and literary texts clearly and effectively in academic English; reporting and summarizing debates, and making cogent and considered arguments
04. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills, respecting differences across cultures

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJose Luis Fernandez Castillo

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Art Collective with Individual Critical Journal (1600-word equivalent)Creative group work assessment and individual critique of the creative process.

N/AOtherGroupNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Analytic Task (600-word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Research Essay (1800-word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3