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Contemporary Feminist Thought: Themes, Issues and Conflicts

Enrolment code: HAF215/315

Offered: Hobart: semester 2, Distance education: semester 2

Special note: compulsory unit for Women’s Studies major

Unit description:

Provides an introduction to themes, issues and conflicts in contemporary feminist thought in the Western world. Particular attention is paid to the shift from the unifying themes in earlier feminist theorising to the destabilising influences of recent social theory upon feminism. The conflicts within feminism to be addressed centre around debates about the category of ‘woman’, the politics of difference, the basis of feminist knowledge, the conception of power, the body, the stability of sexed identity and feminist engagements with mainstream politics. There is an emphasis on applying feminist theoretical tools to contemporary debates and events within feminism and in mainstream public life, eg media coverage of French lesbian player Amelie Mauresmo at the 1999 Australian Tennis Open; political and media treatment of Aboriginal women leaders; the federal government’s attempt in 2001–2002 to amend the Sex Discrimination Act , and others.

Staff Dr B Baird For information on staff, turn to relevant Faculty website University phone and email search phone    email
Unit weight 12.5% To see normal University Admission requirements
Teaching pattern int: 1-hr lecture, 1-hr tutorial weekly, 1-hr seminar fortnightly (13 wks); dist.ed: instructional package Timetable
Mutual exclusions HSA214/314  
Assessment mode 2,500-word essay (35%), 1,000-word tutorial paper (15%), tutorial participation (10%), 2-hr exam (40%) Examinations timetable (Users will need to know their login name (POP account) and password)
Required texts etc A Unit Reader with all tutorial readings will be available to purchase Library Catalogue
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Recommended texts etc Mohanty CT, Russo A & Torres L (eds), Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism, ISBN 253338735
Thornton M (ed), Public and Private: Feminist Legal Debates, ISBN 0195536622
Grosz E, Volatile Bodies, ISBN 1863734155
Caine B & Pringle R (eds), Transitions: New Australian Feminisms, ISBN 1863737766
Nicholson LJ (ed), Feminism/Postmodernism, ISBN 041590058X
Huggins J, Sister Girl: The Writings of Aboriginal Activist and Historian Jackie Huggins, ISBN 0702228400
Library Catalogue
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Majors: [Discipline and school information] Women's Studies  
Courses Bachelor of Arts (See also combined degrees)  
Faculty website Faculty of Arts  
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