MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
New Developments in Theories of Gender and Sexuality
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
In this course, we will discuss and review several of the different debates which surround theories of gender and sexuality, with an emphasis on feminist and queer theory (and practice). We will also be paying particular attention to the way in which such writings invite us to think about the nature of theory itself. Thus, this graduate course will analyze and interpret recent theories of feminism, gender and sexuality. It will track strategic shifts within western feminist thought and ask what is the relationship between feminist theory and queer theory.
Topics may include: Queer Theory; Feminism and the body; 'race'; masculinities; Gender, sexuality and visual culture; Feminism, queer theory and postcoloniality; Feminism-queer-postmodernism
to review several of the new developments in social, political, philosophical, and cultural theories of gender and sexuality
to evaluate the form and structure of theoretical arguments from different disciplinary perspectives
to assess the ways in which ideas are produced and distributed through processes grounded in the material working practices of academia and publishing, including those of reading and writing
to encourage graduate students to exchange ideas and critical responses to theories of gender as members of a seminar group
' Discuss and engage with key texts within recent theories on gender and sexuality.
- Place debates around gender and sexuality in their historical and theoretical contexts
In addition, the students will develop and build on:
- critical reading skills
- ability to discuss and engage with texts
- ability to develop coherent, structured arguments
Teaching and learning methods
The sessions will be run in such a way as to enable students to critically engage with the complex concepts and sometimes difficult texts of gender and postcolonial theory. It will be based on participatory seminar which will include both close readings of the texts and broader discussions. At times, brief and informal introductory lectures will be provided in order to situate the texts in a historical context.
Assessment is by a 3,000 word assessed essay
Patricia Ticineto Clough (1994) Feminist Thought: Desire, Power and Academic Discourse Blackwell
Judith Evans (1995) Feminist Theory Today Sage Publications
Mary Evans (1997) Introducing Contemporary Feminist Thought Polity
bell hooks (1986) Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center South End Press
Sandra Kemp and Judith Squires, eds. (1997) Feminisms Oxford UP
Rosemarie Tong (1989) Feminist Thought Unwin Hyman
|Independent study hours|
|Bridget Byrne||Unit coordinator|
The course consists of 10 2 hour classes.
There are no separate tutorial groups.
Students are required to attend all classes for their duration
TUTOR: BRIDGET BRYNE