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FOAR706 – Feminism, Queer Theory and the Problem of Identity

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Chelsea Barnett
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit examines the ways in which various contestations (over postmodernism, poststructuralism and queer theory) challenged the foundational categories of feminist theory in the 1980s and 1990s. The unit will ponder whether the call for a contingent feminist theory and practice undermined or, in fact, invigorated feminist critical thought and practice. Through an engagement with the various critical frameworks that emerged in the wake of these contestations, the unit will then examine the reformulations and reframings that feminist scholars have produced in the decades since these interventions. What do these new critical frameworks seek to explain? Do they represent a return or a critical rupture? Are we living in a post-feminist moment? This unit will be framed as a cross-disciplinary unit, students are encouraged to bring their diverse disciplinary perspectives to the discussion and assessment.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of key debates in feminist theory
  2. Critically reflect on the relationship between feminist politics and research in the humanities and social sciences
  3. Exercise independence in the identification of a research problem and formulate a sophisticated approach to investigate it
  4. Practice ethical and inclusive engagement with learning peers
  5. Demonstrate advanced written and verbal communication skills to deploy feminist categories of analysis

General Assessment Information

Late submissions will be penalised 2% per day, please contact Leigh if you have any learning difficulties or would like to apply for an extension due to unforseeable problems.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Seminar Participation 25% Ongoing
Critical Review 25% Week 6, Friday 5pm
Research Essay 50% Week 13, Friday 5pm

Seminar Participation

Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 25%

Students should come to the seminars ready to engage and discuss the weekly materials.There is no hurdle requirement to come to class – if students haven’t completed the readings, attendance is not recommended.  Please also be aware of others in the seminar-room and differing levels of familiarity with feminist thought – some students will not have engaged closely with this material before.   As part of the seminar participation mark, each week all students must contribute either a "post" or a "response" to the class blog.  This can be accessed via ilearn, "posters" and "responders" will be nominated each week.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of key debates in feminist theory
  • Critically reflect on the relationship between feminist politics and research in the humanities and social sciences
  • Practice ethical and inclusive engagement with learning peers
  • Demonstrate advanced written and verbal communication skills to deploy feminist categories of analysis

Critical Review

Due: Week 6, Friday 5pm
Weighting: 25%

Write a critical review of one piece of scholarship (article or book chapter) that engages with a concept/idea developed in one of the weekly seminars.  Select a piece of scholarship that emerges in your own field. You should consider how this piece of research engages with the concept you have selected and consider its utility in your chosen research field (ie, is the sex/gender distinction useful for media studies?). 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of key debates in feminist theory
  • Demonstrate advanced written and verbal communication skills to deploy feminist categories of analysis

Research Essay

Due: Week 13, Friday 5pm
Weighting: 50%

Produce a piece of independent research that employs a key framework from the weekly topic schedule.  You should design this project yourself. Students must obtain approval for their research topic (via appointment).  The essay should be submitted via turnitin.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of key debates in feminist theory
  • Exercise independence in the identification of a research problem and formulate a sophisticated approach to investigate it
  • Demonstrate advanced written and verbal communication skills to deploy feminist categories of analysis

Delivery and Resources

Seminars will take place on Fridays, 12-2

Readings are available through the library catalogue

Unit Schedule

  • Week 1                      Are we “post” feminism?
  • Week 2                      Contested Foundations I: Identity
  • Week 3                      Contested Foundations II: Experience
  • Week 4                      Contested Foundations III: Agency
  • Week 5                      Contested Foundations IV: Bodies
  • Week 6                      Contested Foundations V: Queer / Sexuality
  • Week 7                      Reformulations I: Intersectionality
  • Week 8                      Reformulations II: Psychoanalysis
  • Week 9                      Reformulations III: Inter/subjectivity   
  • Week 10                    Reformulations IV: Emotion/Affect
  • Week 11                    Reformulations V: New Materialism
  • Week 12                    Feminist Im/possibilities
  • Week 13                    Essay Workshop Week

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of key debates in feminist theory
  • Critically reflect on the relationship between feminist politics and research in the humanities and social sciences
  • Exercise independence in the identification of a research problem and formulate a sophisticated approach to investigate it
  • Demonstrate advanced written and verbal communication skills to deploy feminist categories of analysis

Assessment tasks

  • Seminar Participation
  • Critical Review
  • Research Essay

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Practice ethical and inclusive engagement with learning peers
  • Demonstrate advanced written and verbal communication skills to deploy feminist categories of analysis

Assessment tasks

  • Seminar Participation
  • Critical Review
  • Research Essay

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of key debates in feminist theory
  • Critically reflect on the relationship between feminist politics and research in the humanities and social sciences
  • Exercise independence in the identification of a research problem and formulate a sophisticated approach to investigate it

Assessment tasks

  • Seminar Participation
  • Critical Review
  • Research Essay

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Exercise independence in the identification of a research problem and formulate a sophisticated approach to investigate it

Assessment task

  • Research Essay

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Critically reflect on the relationship between feminist politics and research in the humanities and social sciences
  • Practice ethical and inclusive engagement with learning peers

Assessment task

  • Seminar Participation

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Assessment tasks

  • Critical Review
  • Research Essay