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    Examines several contemporary debates in the study of gender and sexuality. In relation to each debate, we ask what it means to explore the links between larger intellectual or political ideas and more intimate, personal domains.

    Each year in this paper we examine two or three debates in the study of gender and sexuality. Our approach is interdisciplinary, drawing from gender studies, sociology, political theory, history, textual analysis, anthropology, philosophy and beyond.

    Section One explores the cultural shift from blaming to believing survivors initiated by the #metoo movement. We read key contributions to the literature of #metoo and examine how visual texts enact the shift from blame to belief, appraising the lasting influence of the movement as well as opposition to it.

    Section Two explores the intersections between historical and sociological literature on sexuality, with a focus on social constructionism and lived experience. We explore the sexual archive, and its affective aspects: what does it mean to explore the complexities of sexuality, and how does it relate to feeling and emotion?

    About this paper

    Paper title Debates in Gender and Sexuality
    Subject Gender Studies
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    72 300-level GEND points
    (i) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Programme Co-ordinator. (ii) May not be credited together with ANTH411 passed in 2005 or 2006.
    Open to students who have gained entry to GEND Honours or students from Honours in related fields who wish to substitute the paper for one in their major. The paper often includes an interdisciplinary group, which creates very lively discussion.

    Teaching staff

    Coordinator: Professor Chris Brickell

    Lecturers: Professor Chris Brickell and Dr Fairleigh Gilmour

    Teaching Arrangements
    There is a 3-hour seminar each week.

    There is no textbook. Students are expected to read the set readings and range beyond them in their wider reading.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Gain critical understanding of the debates in contemporary theorising around gender, sexuality and nation
    • Develop confidence and experience in carrying out independent research in oral and written forms
    • Be prepared for further study and research in gender and sexuality


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
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