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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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorToula Diamanto Nicolacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesOnline discussions, polls, regular blog posts on reading activities and lecture responses, research essay

Capstone subjectNo

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Incompatible subjectsENG2CFT

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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
02. Synthesise and evaluate debates and conflicts within feminism over time
03. Articulate the changing challenges and responses to feminist public debates in different historical periods and geographical locations.
04. Develop effective communication in discussing sensitive issues

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