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GCST2631: Gender and Environment

Understanding our place in a changing environment is a 21st century priority. This unit uses feminist frameworks to investigate how environmental problems are shaped by intersecting factors of gender, race, sexuality, ability, economic status, and colonialisms. Drawing on examples such as climate change, toxic contamination, water privatisation, and resource extraction, this unit examines the material and conceptual links between human and non-human natures, and cultural, political, economic and social forces.

Code GCST2631
Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Gender Studies

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

  • LO1. identify and explain key theories and concepts that pertain to the gendered and intersectional dimensions of contemporary environmental issues
  • LO2. apply these concepts and theories to case studies and examples of environmental issues in personal, Australian, and transnational contexts
  • LO3. identify and critique the presentation of environmental problems as value-neutral
  • LO4. analyse your own personal and ethical implication in environmental issues according to the themes and theories explored in this unit
  • LO5. identify, research, and critically analyse a specific environmental issue using theories and concepts learned in this unit, and to produce a grounded and convincing argument vis-a-vis this issue
  • LO6. communicate their research in a variety of ways, such as scholarly written text, oral presentation, and alternative formats (e.g. artistic, journalistic, policy-oriented, activist-oriented).

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.