Gendered Worlds: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies - ARTS1900

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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Subject Area: Women's and Gender Studies
This course can also be studied in the following specialisation: History

This course is an introduction to the study of women, gender and sexualities through the frameworks of world history and cross-cultural analysis. We begin with questions that are fundamental to gender studies – such as ‘what is gender?’ – and trace them across time and place to demonstrate how gender intersects with race, class, sexuality and other markers in different historical and cultural contexts. You will consider how religion, colonialism, nationalism and cross-cultural contacts have shaped and influenced gender roles and relations. The course also introduces you to key debates and developments in gender studies and gender history, from the question of the role of gender in early modern witch-hunts, through Judith Butler’s influential theorising of gender and embodiment, and the emergence of trans studies and intersectional theory.
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