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FOAR7006 – Research Theme 2: Feminism, Queer Theory and the Problem of Identity

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Leigh Boucher
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
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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

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

  • ULO1: Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of some key debates in feminist theory
  • ULO2: Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of some key terms and ideas in queer theory
  • ULO3: Critically reflect on the relationship between feminist politics and research in the humanities and social sciences
  • ULO4: Exercise independence in the identification of a research problem and formulate a sophisticated approach to investigate it
  • ULO5: Practice ethical and inclusive engagement with learning peers
  • ULO6: Demonstrate advanced written and verbal communication skills to deploy feminist categories of analysis

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Critical Essay 25% No Fri 5pm, Week 7
Research Essay 50% No Mon 5pm following week 13
Weekly Diary 25% No Weekly (online)

Critical Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Fri 5pm, Week 7
Weighting: 25%

 

A short essay that examines key works from early in the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of some key debates in feminist theory
  • Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of some key terms and ideas in queer theory
  • Critically reflect on the relationship between feminist politics and research in the humanities and social sciences
  • Demonstrate advanced written and verbal communication skills to deploy feminist categories of analysis

Research Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: Mon 5pm following week 13
Weighting: 50%

 

A research essay related to a key theme of the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of some key terms and ideas in queer 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

Weekly Diary

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Weekly (online)
Weighting: 25%

 

Students will complete a reflective diary after each weekly discussion where they identify key themes from the discussion.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of some key debates in feminist theory
  • Demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of some key terms and ideas in queer theory
  • Practice ethical and inclusive engagement with learning peers

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

-All readings can be accessed from ilearn

-Full descriptions of assessment can be found on ilearn

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