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This subject offers an in depth look at questions of gender, sex and sexuality exploring recent histories of feminist, queer, affect and transgender theory. This course considers how notions of power have changed in relation to understanding gender and sexuality, from structural understandings of inequality, to postmodern theorisations that see power as diffuse. This course offers a contextual understanding of theoretical shifts that have taken place, such as from the first wave of feminism to the second, from sexuality studies to queer theory, and other recent shifts in thinking about bodies, materiality and affects. Key themes include: inequality, femininities, masculinities, difference, intersectionality, materiality, affect and lived experience.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the main developments in feminist theorising about sex, gender and identity and of the issues involved in debates about feminist knowledges;
- have a sound understanding of the main frameworks for the analysis of gender relations within social structures and institutions and debates about feminist knowledges, with a particular focus on cross-cultural comparisons of such frameworks;
- have an awareness of the main developments in feminist thinking about the origins and historical development of gender inequality;
- have a good understanding of the main developments in feminist thinking about the relationships between culture, gender and identity and the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity and class.
Last updated: 1 June 2020