Faculty of Arts

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces a range of exciting contemporary feminist theories. Broadly interdisciplinary in its concerns, the unit outlines contemporary feminist theories of gender, bodies and sexual difference. Students will examine the cultural and social regulation of shifting forms of femininity and masculinity, including sex and science and the norms of sex, reproduction and desire. Theorists examined include: Elizabeth Grosz, Luce Irigaray, and Iris Marion Young.


Students successfully completing this unit will have gained:

  1. a basic knowledge of a range of contemporary feminist theories of bodies and sexualities;
  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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Sociology.