HIST2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
This unit discusses constructions of masculinities in Europe, Australia and Asia since c.1700. Students draw from gender theory, queer theory, sociology and cultural studies to explore changing cultural assumptions about masculinity; the power relations that structure a range of masculinities such as hegemonic or subordinated masculinities; and the intersection between masculinities, class and race. This exploration is situated against the historical impact of feminism, narratives of masculinity in 'crisis', the relationship between masculinity and nostalgia, and scholarship on the role of masculinity in the pursuit of progressive social change. Major research fields within masculinity studies are also explored such as sexualities, colonial masculinities, black masculinities, Asian masculinities, the male body, and men's rights activism.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an enhanced capacity to recognise masculinity as both a historical and relational construct; (2) demonstrate an enhanced capacity to analyse how historical texts, media productions, social policies and literary documents are shaped by masculinities; (3) identify and use key theoretical approaches to the study of men and masculinities; and (4) locate relevant sources and interpret them critically, and express themselves clearly in written and oral form.
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 GEND, EURO
HIST unit
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Contact hours
2–3 hours per week
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