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GEND208 Governing Bodies

A critical exploration of the relationship between feminism, state power and issues of gender, sexuality and family, drawing upon approaches from feminism, political theory, criminology, and critical legal studies.

This paper is for students who are intrigued by or already very interested in the politics of gender and sexuality today. The paper explores theories of the state and feminist perspectives, using these to study a range of issues with a New Zealand focus, including: gender and parliamentary politics; gender, neoliberalism and the welfare state; same-sex marriage; sex work and the law; and sexual violence and the law. This paper can taken taken at both 200- and 300-levels. All students attend the same lectures. The 200-level students have their own tutorial stream and set of assessment tasks.

Paper title Governing Bodies
Paper code GEND208
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
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
Restriction
GEND 308
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Rebecca Stringer
Paper Structure
The paper is in two parts. The first explores theories of the state, power and freedom drawn from political theorists, including feminist and queer perspectives. The second part explores issues in the contemporary politics of gender and sexuality.
Teaching Arrangements
One weekly 2-hour lecture and a weekly tutorial.
Textbooks
The assigned weekly reading is provided for students in pdf format via Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
This paper enables students to:
  • Develop knowledge of major theories of the state and key issues in the politics of gender and sexuality
  • Think critically about the relationship between the state and emancipatory social change
  • Familiarise students with the processes of parliamentary law reform
  • Develop skills for clear and effective intellectual argumentation

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

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

A critical exploration of the relationship between feminism, state power and issues of gender, sexuality and family, drawing upon approaches from feminism, political theory, criminology, and critical legal studies.

A critical exploration of the relationship between feminism, state power and issues of gender, sexuality and family, drawing upon approaches from feminism, political theory, criminology, and critical legal studies.
This paper explores power and the state in the politics of gender and sexuality today. In the first part we examine theories of power, freedom and the state drawn from classical liberalism, critical theory, feminist political theory and transgender studies. We then use the insights of this material to inform our study of key contemporary issues, including: gendered inequality and welfare reform; marriage equality; cisgenderism; gender and the war on terror; neoconservatism and the erosion of reproductive rights. The paper can be taken at the 200- or 300-level. Each level has its own tutorial stream and set of assessment tasks. All students attend the same lectures.

Paper title Governing Bodies
Paper code GEND208
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One of GEND 101, GEND 102, POLS 110, PHIL 103 or 54 points
Restriction
GEND 308
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Rebecca Stringer
Paper Structure
The paper is in two parts. The first explores theories of the state, power and freedom drawn from political theorists, including feminist and queer perspectives. The second part explores issues in the contemporary politics of gender and sexuality.
Teaching Arrangements
One weekly 2-hour lecture and a weekly tutorial.
Textbooks
The assigned weekly reading is provided for students in pdf format via Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
This paper enables students to:
  • Develop knowledge of major theories of the state and key issues in the politics of gender and sexuality
  • Think critically about the relationship between the state and emancipatory social change
  • Familiarise students with the processes of parliamentary law reform
  • Develop skills for 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 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22
T2 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22