GEND2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History; Gender Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Level 2 elective
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.
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; (4) critically analyse relevant sources ; and (5) demonstrate both written and oral communication strategies for negotiating gender and difference.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation and dialogue; (2) theories and concepts quiz; 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
Any Level 1 Arts unit.
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
HIST2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change
Contact hours
2 hours per week
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