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WMN2240 - Contemporary Feminist Theory

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Maryanne Dever


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit introduces a range of exciting contemporary feminist theories. Broadly interdisciplinary in its concerns, the unit examines how feminist thinkers theorise around complex and challenging issues such as sex equality and sex difference; pleasure and danger in the realm of sexualities; bodies and body modification; fluidity in gender identity; shifting forms of femininity and masculinity; gender and citizenship; bodies, boundaries and nationhood; gender, race and cultural difference. Theorists examined include: Elizabeth Grosz, Luce Irigaray, Helene Cixous, Andrea Dworkin, Iris Marion Young, Richard Dyer, Ann Oakley, Joanna Frueh and others.


Students successfully completing this unit will have gained

  1. a basic knowledge of a range of contemporary feminist theories;
  2. developed skills in reading and analysing theoretical texts;
  3. enhanced ability to develop and sustain theoretical arguments;
  4. enhanced skills in verbal and written communication.


Research essay (2700 words): 60%
Class test 1.5 hour (1500 words equivalent): 30%
Class preparation and participation (equivalent to 300 words): 10%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


A first year sequence.