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Masculinities HAF234


What does masculinity mean, and why does it exist in so many different forms? In this unit we explore the meaning and manifestations of a variety of different masculinities. We query the cultural expectations regarding masculinity that accompany boyhood, adolescence, middle and old age, as well as the different forms of masculinity associated with different races and class statuses. We question as well the impact that performance, or non-performance, of 'appropriate' masculinity has on individual men's, and women's, lives. Research into masculinity is a growing concern within Gender Studies, and this unit provides both an overview of that research and a phenomenological reflection upon masculinity in everyday life in Australia.


Unit name Masculinities
Unit code HAF234
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Global Cultures and Languages|Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Emerald King
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Be familiar with the key theoretical concepts in masculinity studies.
  • Comprehend the relations and dependencies between the key theoretical concepts under consideration such that the concepts collectively form a robust interpretive framework.
  • Be able to construct and apply a theoretical framework in order to analyse critically contemporary masculinities and their intersectional dimensions.

Fee Information

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25 credit points at Introductory level or higher


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly online lectures or equivalent (1.5 hours) and weekly tutorial (1.5 hours). 

Off Campus:
Weekly online lectures or equivalent (1.5 hours) and weekly participation in online discussions


AssessmentTutorial Participation (10%)|Short Essay (15%)|Long Essay (35%)|Final Exam (40%)
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