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

    This paper introduces students to key debates and landmark texts in feminist theory. It explores debates about gender, science and objectivity, perspectives on the social making of gendered bodies, and intersectional theories of gender, race and class.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introduction to Feminist Theory
    Subject Gender Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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    One of GEND 101, GEND 102, POLS 101, PHIL 103 or 54 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Rebecca Stringer

    Paper Structure

    Key topic areas:

    • Feminist philosophy
    • Science and the politics of knowledge
    • Theories of the gendered body
    • Social difference and intersectionality
    • Twenty-first century feminist theory
    Teaching Arrangements
    One 2-hour lecture per week and a weekly tutorial.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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    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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 30-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    T1 Friday 12:00-12:50 30-35, 37-41
    T2 Friday 13:00-13:50 30-35, 37-41
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