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ATS3563

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)JaneMaree Maher

Notes

Previously coded GND3070

Synopsis

This unit introduces the complex relationships between sex, race, and contemporary western consumer practices. Using theoretical perspectives from such critics as Anne McClintock, Stuart Hall, and bell hooks, the unit considers the politics of sex and race within the lived experiences of imperialism and globalisation. Designed to be interdisciplinary, the unit incorporates historical, political, literary and filmic perspectives. Areas for examination include advertising, media, travel and tourism, fashion, foreign aid and child sponsorship programs, 'world literature', and transnational labour movements.

Objectives

Students successfully completing this unit at 3rd yr level will have gained

  1. a foundational understanding of feminist debates in the area of postcolonialism, cross-cultural consumption and sexed and raced identities;
  2. a detailed understanding of the historical links between imperialism and globalization and an interdisciplinary grasp of the central debates and issues in relations to questions of sex and race in the domains of imperialism and globalisation;
  3. skills in the critical analysis of popular discourses, such as advertising, news production and other media and popular cultural forms;
  4. advanced skills in textual analysis and in the development of argument, both orally and in writing;
  5. enhanced skills in the formulating, conducting and presenting of individual research projects.

Assessment

Written work: 80%
Class Participation/presentation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sharon A Bong

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Politics
International studies
Gender studies
Comparative literature and cultural studies
Anthropology

Prerequisites

A first year sequence

Prohibitions

ATS2563