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This unit is an in-depth overview of queer theory. We will examine some essential texts and discussions that helped establish the field, followed by a selection of differing viewpoints and approaches, each of which unpacks more questions for discussion. Queer theory as a field is a comparatively new approach to understanding gender, sexuality, and the world around us, and it has created controversy and disagreement regarding its aims, approaches, and whether it can, in fact, be clearly defined. It tends to resist definition: what does it mean to queer something? Language plays an important role in queer theory — the words that we use and that are used on us — and language allows us to articulate how we approach ourselves and those around us. But there are traps everywhere. One trenchant criticism of queer theory is that it is primarily an individualistic Western Anglophone way of looking at the world, and that more communal societies have little to learn from it; in fact, it can be seen as a threat. We will examine this criticism in detail by looking at the development of queer theory approaches from other languages and societies, comparing them to the main ideas of the American and Anglophone tradition.
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Not available in 2023 UWA (Perth) External
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 option in the Gender Studies major sequence
- Level 3 elective
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a knowledge of major theorists and concepts associated with queer theory; (2) demonstrate the ability to use arguments that create/queer knowledge, including the role that queer knowledge plays in gender studies and its history; and (3) demonstrate the ability to critically deploy queer theory broadly defined in constructive dialogue and analysis.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) concept review; (2) discussion and participation; and (3) extended 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 and Associate Professor Luc Beaudoin
- Unit rules
- Successful completion of
- Contact hours
- 4 hours per week
- This unit is offered by the Gender and Women's Studies program at the University of Denver, coordinated by Professor Luc Beaudoin. Participation will be online and the class will include students from the University of Denver. Classes will occur twice a week, for two hours early in the morning – starting at 7am.
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100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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NO campus face-to-face attendance. All study and assessment requirements are online only. Unit includes some timetabled activities, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times. In exceptional cases (noted in the Handbook) students may be required to participate in face-to-face laboratory classes when a return to UWA’s Crawley campus becomes possible in order to be awarded a final grade.
No attendance or regular contact is required, and all study requirements are completed either via correspondence and/or online submission.
Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.