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GEND201 Introduction to Feminist Theory

An exploration of aspects of feminist theory in the context of selected topics.

This paper introduces students to the major themes and debates of feminist theory. In the first part of the paper, we read key feminist theorists and philosophers as they debate questions of gender and knowledge in the context of Western science and philosophy.
In the second part of the paper, we read two landmark texts of feminist theory, studying their theories of the social making of gender: Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex (1949) and Judith Butler's Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990).
In the third and final part of the paper, we consider differences among women and how these affect the ability of feminism to represent women as a group, and we investigate the meanings and debates associated with the term 'postfeminism'.

Paper title Introduction to Feminist Theory
Paper code GEND201
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One of GEND 101, GEND 102, POLS 110, PHIL 103 or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Rebecca Stringer
Paper Structure
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Gender, science and philosophy
  • Part 2: Theorising sex, gender and the body
  • Part 3: Theorising identity and difference
  • Revision and summation
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture per week and a weekly tutorial.
Textbooks
A course reader containing the assigned weekly reading.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
This paper aims to:
  • Aid students in critically analysing major debates within feminist theory
  • Enable students to comprehend complex theoretical writings
  • Encourage students to think critically about the production of knowledge
  • Provide occasion for students to develop their writing and speaking skills in the direction of clear and effective intellectual argumentation.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Friday 12:00-12:50 11-14, 17-22
T2 Friday 13:00-13:50 11-14, 17-22

An exploration of aspects of feminist theory in the context of selected topics.

This paper introduces students to the major themes and debates of feminist theory. In the first part we read feminist theorists and philosophers debating questions of gender and knowledge in the context of Western science and philosophy, and we explore NietzscheÔÇÖs surprisingly extensive influence on feminist thought.
In the second part we read landmark texts about the social making of gender (BeauvoirÔÇÖs The Second Sex and ButlerÔÇÖs Gender Trouble) and intersecting identities of gender race and class (HooksÔÇÖ Feminist Theory From Margin to Centre and CrenshawÔÇÖs Mapping the Margins).
The final part explores feminist theory today through research about how young people negotiate neoliberalism's cultural politics of personal responsibility and entrepreneurial selfhood.

Paper title Introduction to Feminist Theory
Paper code GEND201
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
One of GEND 101, GEND 102, POLS 110, PHIL 103 or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Rebecca Stringer
Paper Structure
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Gender, science and philosophy
  • Part 2: Theorising sex, gender, race and class
  • Part 3: Reminist theory in neoliberal times
  • Revision and summation
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture per week and a weekly tutorial.
Textbooks
A course reader containing the assigned weekly reading.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
This paper aims to:
  • Aid students in critically analysing major debates within feminist theory
  • Enable students to comprehend complex theoretical writings
  • Encourage students to think critically about the production of knowledge
  • Provide occasion for students to develop their writing and speaking skills in the direction of clear and effective intellectual argumentation.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Friday 12:00-12:50 30-34, 36-41
T2 Friday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 36-41