A critical exploration of the social construction of masculinity, drawing upon a range of approaches from feminism, sociology and cultural theory. New Zealand masculinities are considered within an historical and international context.
This paper provides an introduction to the field of masculinity studies and provides opportunities for students to undertake in-depth exploration of particular areas in the field that interest them. The paper considers both how 'masculinity' has been represented, experienced and reproduced within various social contexts and how these aspects of masculinity change over time. We examine historical and contemporary masculinities in relation to a range of everyday topics, including work, family, sport, sexuality, technology and food, in order to contemplate the changes and continuities in men's lives.
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- 18 200-level GEND or SOCI points or 108 points
- GEND 207
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- (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 GEND 234 or 334 passed in 2002.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work's website
- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: Associate Professor Chris Brickell
- Paper Structure
- Key topics:
- Theories of masculinities
- Men, power and politics
- Work and family
- Men, representation and popular culture
- Teaching Arrangements
- Two lectures per week and a tutorial for six weeks of the paper.
Textbooks are not required for this paper. However, a course reader will be available.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of the paper, students should:
- Have gained a familiarity with the interdisciplinary literature on men and masculinity
- Think critically about gender in historical and contemporary contexts
- Have had practice in developing written and verbal arguments