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GEND201 Introduction to Feminist Theory

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.

Paper title Introduction to Feminist Theory
Paper code GEND201
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (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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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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Friday 12:00-12:50 30-34, 36-41
T2 Friday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 36-41