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Semester 1 - Online
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This subject reviews the core texts and key debates that have shaped queer theory. We will trace the expansion of the term “queer” from its early inceptions to its current use as an umbrella framework for non-normative modes of knowledge, cultural practices, and forms of political activism. After exploration of the key texts in queer theory we will focus on the relationship between queer theory and other social theories that provide tools for scrutinising power, normativity, and marginality such as: critical race theory, feminist theory, transgender studies, and disability studies. We will be asking the following questions: What kinds of bodies or desires does queer refer to? What are the promises of queer theory? What are the debates between “queer of colour”, “trans* of colour” and “women of colour”? What are the key sites for queer activism today? What might the future of queer be like?
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should have
- A detailed knowledge and critical understanding of queer theory;
- The ability to apply high level analysis, conceptual sophistication and critical thinking in the field of queer theory, having developed mastery over different approaches (feminist, queer of colour, transgender, critical race, postcolonial, and disability studies);
- A firm grasp of national and international debates and develop the ability to evaluate specific issues in contemporary societies from feminist, queer, and transgender perspectives;
- The ability to apply critical skills and methods to analyse the contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality across a wide range of cultural contexts and socio-political settings.
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- Develop independent thought and arguments;
- Be receptive of new ideas and opinions through class participation and discussions;
- Be effective with written and oral communication through class participation, discussions and written assignments
- Be flexible, tolerant and cooperative with people from diverse background
- Manage time and planning through organizing workloads for recommended reading and assessment requirements
Last updated: 17 February 2021