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Unit Overview


This unit explores contemporary masculinities against the backdrop of the historical impact of feminism, nostalgic narratives of masculinity in 'crisis', the emergence of alternative masculinities, men's rights activism, concerns about men's health, and calls for male 'champions' or 'allies' of feminism. Students draw from feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory, sociology and cultural studies – the main fields that comprise 'masculinity studies' – to explore the politics of spotlighting masculinity; changing cultural approaches to masculinity; and the intersectional power relations that structure a range of masculinities such as hegemonic or subordinated masculinities. Methodologically, the unit is an extended exploration of how to balance compassion and accountability in the task of supporting and advancing healthy gender relations that enable all human beings to thrive.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Gender Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) recognise masculinity as a historical, cultural and relational construct; (2) critically analyse how historical texts, media productions, social policies and literary documents are shaped by masculinities; (3) apply key theoretical approaches to the study of men and masculinities; and (4) demonstrate both written and oral communication strategies for negotiating gender and difference.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) field research; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray
Unit rules
Successful completion of
GEND1901 Beyond 'Gender Wars'
or ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
or GEND2903 Sex, Gender, Technology and Science
or GEND3901 Feminist Thought
or GEND3904 Queer Theory
or Successful completion of
36 points
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History HIST2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change
Advisable prior study
GEND1901 Beyond 'Gender Wars' (ID 1046)
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.