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    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 introduces students to key debates about power, the state and the politics of gender and sexuality. It explores theories of power and the state from Hobbes to Foucault, feminist and transgender political theory, and topics including gender and welfare reform, marriage equality, and reproductive rights.

    About this paper

    Paper title Governing Bodies
    Subject Gender Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One of GEND 101, GEND 102, PHIL 103, POLS 101 or 54 points
    GEND 308
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Dr Rebecca Stringer

    Paper Structure

    Key topic areas:

    • Theories of power and the state
    • Liberalism, patriarchy and fratriarchy
    • Gender and governmentality
    • Social minorities and official politics
    • The politics of emancipation
    Teaching Arrangements
    One weekly 2-hour lecture and a weekly tutorial.

    The assigned weekly reading is provided for students via Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    The paper enables students to:

    • Gain knowledge of modern theories of power and the state
    • Critically examine the politics of gender and sexuality
    • Think critically about the role of the state in emancipatory social change
    • Develop skills for clear and effective intellectual argumentation


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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