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GEND3030 – Decolonising Identity

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Jyhene Kebsi
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit shows how colonialism, imperialism, post-colonialism and neo-colonialism affect identity. The unit explores the tensions between Third and First World feminists. This leads us to talk about imperial feminists and transnational feminists’ responses to their agendas.The issue of identity is also discussed in relation to Muslim women through a focus on veiling, unveiling and Islamic feminism. The unit's discussion of the North-South divide throws light on the relations between the identities of citizens of poor and wealthy countries. The course shows how religion, race, borders, Orientalism, imperialism and globalization affect gender relations and one’s sense of self.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of colonialism, post-colonialism and neo-colonialism.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate an understanding of imperial and transnational feminisms.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate an ability to examine the power dynamics that govern the relationships between the Global South and North.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate a realistic understanding of the lives of women in developing countries.
  • ULO5: Analyse critically a variety of texts (documentaries, novels, songs, media articles, news clips) and data sources concerning gender within their historical, social, geopolitical and theoretical contexts.
  • ULO6: Examine the relationship between forms of knowledge and forms of everyday living.

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information


Detailed Assessment Guidelines explaining the requirements for each assignment are available on the GEND3030 iLearn page in the Assessment Resources section. It is necessary to have read these guidelines in order to successfully complete each task.

All essays are to be submitted electronically through Turnitin on the GEND3030 iLearn page.

For any extensions please lodge a special consideration request via http://ask.mq.edu.au . Approved extensions will not incur a late penalty.

Late Submission Penalty

“Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.”

Delivery and Resources

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Internal and External.

External enrolment for GEND310 comprises of a one 2hr lecture in addition to the weekly external Discussion Forum. Lectures begin in Week One. External Discussion Forums begin in Week Two.

Lectures: Fridays 1 – 2 pm    11 Wallys Walk  - 110 Tutorial Room

For up to date times and locations of tutorial classrooms please consult the MQ Timetables website: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au

Technologies used and required

This unit has an online presence in iLearn (http://ilearn.mq.edu.au).  Students are required to have regular access to a computer and reliable broadband internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit will use Echo lecture recording (accessed via iLearn).

Required Readings

Required readings can be accessed through hyperlinks on iLearn.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/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/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

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

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.