Masculinities (GCST2609)


Although it originated in the study of women┬┐s oppression in male-dominated cultures, gender studies increasingly considers masculinity an effect of power rather than its means. Via a range of case studies we consider the changing expectations around masculinity in practices of production, consumption, embodiment, domesticity and intimacy. This unit makes frequent reference to the representation of masculinity in various genres of popular culture that deal with boyhood, adolescence, initiation, manhood, romance, athleticism, heroism, crime, vulnerability, submission, depression and defeat.

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1 x 2hr lecture in even weeks, 1 x 2hr seminar in odd weeks


1x2000wd close reading of film clip (30%), 1x oral/visual presentation (1000wd equivalent) (15%), 1x3000wd essay (40%), participation seminars/online (15%)

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Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points from (Gender and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013)



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