GEND2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Gender Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the History; Gender Studies major sequences
  • Level 2 elective
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation and journaling; (2) peer study group research; and (3) written work. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Any Level 1 Arts unit.
Incompatibility:
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
HIST2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change
Contact hours
2 hours per week
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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.