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GCST2605: Representing Race and Gender

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. In particular, it interrogates the relationship between these representations and those of gender and sexuality. In so doing, it provides a complex understanding of how 'race' and 'gender' as institutional forces and lived experiences help shape perceptions of ourselves and others.

Code GCST2605
Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level including 6 credit points from Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Diversity Studies, Sociology, Social Policy, Anthropology, Media Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Education, Political Economy, Psychology, Social Work, Politics, Geography, International Relations, European Studies, Asian Studies, American Studies or Law.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. acquire a basic familiarity with key thinkers and concepts from ethnic studies, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies
  • LO2. become aware of the complexity of the concepts, experiences and representations of racial difference in a globalizing world
  • LO3. understand how 'race' and 'gender' intersect and inform other identities such as sexuality, class, and nationality
  • LO4. demonstrate critical reading and writing skills to analyze cultural narratives and images
  • LO5. hone communication skills to listen actively to others and articulate one's own ideas clearly and thoughtfully
  • LO6. apply theoretical frameworks and concepts to contemporary social issues and problems.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.