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GEND208 Governing Bodies

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.

Paper title Governing Bodies
Paper code GEND208
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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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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 10-14, 16-22
A2 Thursday 14:00-14:50 10-14, 16-22