Gender and Queer Critiques: Rethinking History and Other Studies - ARTS3900

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 48 UOC overall, including 6 UOC at level 1 and 6 UOC at level 2 in one of the following streams, History or Women's & Gender Studies

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Subject Area: Women's and Gender Studies
This course can also be studied in the following specialisations: History

This seminar course acts as a ‘Capstone’ for students in the WGS minor. It is very useful to History majors as well, including those doing Education degrees; other majors with an interest in WGS also find it instructive. A central emphasis of the course is on helping students with an interest in WGS topics to prepare for honours research.

Course topics include: feminist (eg., ‘gender’) and queer challenges to History and other academic disciplines: positioned versus ‘impartial’ scholarship; writing sceptical/experimental histories; gender and life-writing; intersectional (gender, race, class etc) analysis; the 'Who can [legitimately] speak for whom?’ debate and feminist ethics in the use of oral testimonies by the ‘Other’ woman; and the multiple challenges to academic studies posed by the Linguistic Turn/poststructuralism. These include critiques of essentialism in traditional perceptions of cultural/individual identity, which in Queer Theory today extends to a critique of conventional (for eg., gay and lesbian) identity politics.

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