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GEND207 Masculinities

A critical exploration of the social construction of masculinity, drawing upon a range of approaches from feminism, sociology and cultural theory. New Zealand masculinities are considered within an historical and international context.

This paper provides an introduction to the field of masculinity studies and provides opportunities for students to undertake in-depth exploration of particular areas in the field that interest them. The paper considers both how 'masculinity' has been represented, experienced and reproduced within various social contexts and how these aspects of masculinity change over time. We examine historical and contemporary masculinities in relation to a range of everyday topics, including work, family, sport, sexuality, technology and food, in order to contemplate the changes and continuities in men's lives.

Paper title Masculinities
Paper code GEND207
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GEND 101 or GEND 102 or 54 points
GEND 307
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with GEND234 or GEND334 passed in 2002.

Teaching staff

Lecturer: Professor Chris Brickell

Paper Structure
Key topics:
  • Theories of masculinities
  • Men, power and politics
  • Work and family
  • Sexuality
  • Men, representation and popular culture
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures per week and a tutorial for six weeks of the paper.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper, students should:
  • Have gained a familiarity with the interdisciplinary literature on men and masculinity
  • Think critically about gender in historical and contemporary contexts
  • Have had practice in developing written and verbal arguments

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Friday 11:00-11:50 10-12, 16, 18, 20, 22