Sex and Scandal (HSTY2629)

UNIT OF STUDY

What makes a scandal? This unit examines a number of sensational case studies from England, America and Australia, beginning with the outrage surrounding Marie-Antoinette and then weaving through the increasingly strait-laced nineteenth century, in which scandals abounded, destroying reputations, rulers and families. It was not behaviour itself, but the ever-changing interpretations of behaviour that gave rise to condemnation and scandalised indignation. Examining occasions when social rules have been flouted allows us to consider the ways in which such rules are themselves constituted, maintained and challenged.

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Classes

2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Assessment

1x500wd bibliography (10%), 1x500wd proposal (10%), 1x2500wd essay (50%) and 1hr exam (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 junior credit points of History or Ancient History

Prohibitions

HSTY2029

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