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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 Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Lucy Tatman
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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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.
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090313 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


AssessmentFinal Exam (40%)|Essay (15%)|Essay (35%)|Tutorial Participation (10%)
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