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GCST6905: Gender in Cultural Theory

What is the relation between femininity, masculinity and culture? Does sexual difference affect our identity and, if so, how and in what circumstances? Does it affect our relations with others? Is there any link between cultural and racial difference and sexual difference? What contexts may shape such links? Where does equality fit into all this? Drawing on the work of major cultural theorists and feminist thinkers this unit examines various theoretical conceptualizations and popular representations of gender; the issue of embodiment; and how sex and race are articulated within gendered conceptual frames.

Code GCST6905
Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

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

  • LO1. This unit aims: To introduce students to key debates and concepts in the study of culture in relation to gender and sexuality, including gendered aspects of representation; to provide students with a broad explanatory and historical framework in which to position these concepts;to give students critical reading skills to perform close reading of theoretical and other texts, and form responses to these; to give students the writing and discussion skills to convey their responses to texts clearly to an audience.
  • LO2. This unit will help to develop the following skills and attributes: The ability to formulate and analyse significant problems regarding questions of gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity and subjectivity in relation to culture in the contemporary world; the ability to explain how cultural analysis and research contributes to understanding complex questions of gender, and how gender informs theories and practices of culture; skills in taking responsibility for their own learning and intellectual development in relation to these issues; an appreciation of the complexity of ethical issues arising in this field of study.