Gender Studies

Gender Studies

GCST1601 Introduction to Cultural Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Winter Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1xonline reflective learning journal equivalent to 2000wds (40%), 1xgroup presentation (10%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Cultural studies explores everyday life, media and popular culture. It shows us how we can make sense of contemporary culture as producers, consumers, readers and viewers, in relation to our identities and communities. How do various cultural texts and practices convey different kinds of meaning and value? Drawing upon key approaches in the field, students will learn how to analyse cultural forms such as advertising, television, film and popular music.
GCST1602 Introduction to Gender Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2,Winter Main Classes: 2x1hr lecture, 1x1hr tutorial Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x1300wd Tutorial presentation task (15%), 1x1200wd short Essay (35%), 1x1500wd long Essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How does gender organise lives, bodies, sexualities and desires? How does gender relate to sex and sexuality? Are there really only two genders? How and why is gender such an integral part of how we identify ourselves and others? This unit introduces students to foundational concepts in the study of gender and critically engages with questions of identity, sexuality, family, the body, cultural practices and gender norms in light of contemporary gender theories.
GCST2603 Animal/Human Cultures

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fiona Probyn-Rapsey Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points from GCST, SCLG, ANTH, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x500wd tutorial question task (15%), 1x1500wd short essay (35%), 1x2000wd long essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The idea of the 'animal' infuses western knowledge about what constitutes the 'human'. From 'humanism' to 'posthumanism', this unit teases out various animal/human connections; classifying, seeing, domesticating, eating, making pets, writing, thinking about rights, rhetoric and representation. How do gender, race and class play out in the realm of the animal/human? What cultural formations support and also challenge the line between animal and human?
GCST2604 Sex, Violence and Transgression

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Summer Early Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Gender and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 Prohibitions: WMST2004 Assessment: 1x2000wd case study (40%), 1x2000wd Take-home exam (40%), online participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Violence is one of the most prevalent themes in popular culture and public discourse today. It shapes our lives in all sorts of ways, both real and imagined. Incorporating concepts and theoretical tools from gender and cultural studies, this unit will examine the construction and representation of violence in relation to sexuality, transgression, difference and power.
GCST2605 Race and Representation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from GCST, SCLG, ANTH, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x500wd group presentation (15%), 1x400wd journal (15%), 1x1000wd midterm Essay (25%), 1x2200wd final Research essay (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces students to cultural theories about race and ethnicity and uses these theories to examine representations of racial minorities across a range of media such as film, literature and performance within multiple national contexts. By interrogating the relationship between these representations and those of other identity categories including gender, sexuality and class, it provides a complex understanding of how 'race' as an institutional force and lived experience helps shape perceptions of ourselves and others.
GCST2607 Bodies, Sexualities, Identities

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from GCST, SCLG, ANTH, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 Prohibitions: WMST2007 Assessment: Tutorial participation and exercises (10%), 1x1500wd Essay (40%), 1x2500wd Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit of study we will examine the ways in which feminist and other cultural theories have used bodies and sexualities in order to theorise difference and identity. The body and sexuality have been shown to be a major site for the operation of power in our society. We will look at how bodies and sexualities have given rise to critical understandings of identity. The unit of study will be devoted to working through some of the major theories of sexuality and embodiment, and the analysis of cultural practices.
GCST2609 Masculinities

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Gender and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 Prohibitions: WMST2009 Assessment: 1x1000wd Tutorial presentation (10%), 1x1500wd Write-up of presentation (30%), 1x2000wd Essay/Take-home exercise (50%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What do men want? From a traditional focus on femininity in gender studies, it is increasingly clear that masculinity has undergone tremendous changes in the last several decades. From a perspective of gender and cultural studies, this unit examines the economic, social and cultural contexts in which masculinity is lived. We will consider different case studies focused on the changing representation of men in contemporary culture. These will include aspects of style and consumption, roles within workplaces, and in domestic practices.
GCST2610 Intimacy, Love and Friendship

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Gender and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 Prohibitions: WMST2010 Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x500wd tutorial paper (10%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%) and 1x2000wd final Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the representation and practices of intimate relations focusing especially on the intersection between intimacy and constructions of gender. Divided into three sections, the unit will examine theories of love and friendship, contemporary cultural representations of love, desire and friendship, and the ethics and politics of erotics. This unit will also examine new technologies of intimacy, and discuss their implications for gender and sexuality.
GCST2612 Youth and Youth Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Gender and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 Prohibitions: WMST2012 Assessment: 1xTutorial presentation equivalent to 500wds (10%), 1x1500 Short Essay (30%), 1x2000 Take-home Exercise (50%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines academic, public and popular ideas about youth and practices of youth culture. It will introduce students to some of the current parameters for studying youth cultural forms and practices and the significance of various conceptions of youth. Points of focus will include popular images of youth and youth culture, discourses on (im)maturity, development, and training, and critical perspectives on youth as an identity and an experience.
GCST2630 Consumer Cultures

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Gender and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 Prohibitions: GCST3603 Assessment: 1x1000wd in-class exam (25%), 1x1000wd critical analysis of media (25%), 1x2000wd case study (40%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will introduce students to the dominant theories concerning practices of consumption and production, as well as different cultures and contexts of consumption. The unit will consider, for instance, how practices produce different identities, and how they can serve to stratify us socially. We will analyse the role of media, including advertising and marketing, as an essential element in reproducing cultures of consumption. Throughout the unit, case studies will demonstrate different methods for studying practices of consumption and production.
GCST2812 Cultural Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
GCST2813 Cultural Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
GCST2814 Cultural Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
GCST2815 Cultural Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
GCST2816 Cultural Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
GCST2817 Cultural Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
GCST2818 Cultural Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
GCST2819 Cultural Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
GCST3630 Everyday Life: Theories and Practices

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points of Cultural Studies Prohibitions: GCST2613 Assessment: 1x1000wd close reading assessment (20%), 1x1000wd group presentation (40%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
While our knowledge of everyday life is often taken for granted, considered ordinary or banal, the field of everyday life studies has provided important tools for critically understanding everyday spaces and cultural practices. This advanced unit combines theoretical analysis of key thinkers in the field - Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, Raymond Williams and Meaghan Morris - with attention to everyday practices and the research methods used to investigate them.
GCST3631 Gender, Communities and Belonging

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points of Gender and Cultural Studies Prohibitions: GCST2611, GCST2613 Assessment: 1x1000wd critical close reading task (20%), 1x2000wd research project (40%), 1x1000wd Take-home exercise (30%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit students will apply advanced methods from gender and cultural studies to examine experiences of belonging and formations of community. Students will analyse how power produces and regulates communities, identities and belonging. They will question the assumption that community is based on the unity and similarity of citizens and their location in specific cultures and places, and critically examine alternatives such as difference, diaspora, and other forms of sociality. Students will evaluate different theories of community in local, national and international contexts, and in relation to feminism, democracy, cosmopolitanism and hospitality.
GCST4015 Gender Studies Honours A

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: three seminars, each seminar meeting for 2 hours per week for one semester Assessment: A thesis of 15000 words and 6000 words of written work or its equivalent for each seminar Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Honours is an intensive year-long program of advanced study based around research. Honours is undertaken after successful completion of a Bachelor degree and where the overall mark is a minimum credit average (70%). Entry into Honours is selective and work at this level is challenging. Honours is available in most subjects areas taught in the Faculty, and which are listed under Tables A and B in the Handbook. Students will complete a thesis and coursework seminars throughout the year. For further information contact the Honours Coordinator in the department or consult the Handbook entry for the relevant subject area.
GCST4016 Gender Studies Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: GCST4015 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to GCST4015
GCST4017 Gender Studies Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: GCST4016 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to GCST4015
GCST4018 Gender Studies Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: GCST4017 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to GCST4015