Faculty of Arts


Critical Theories and Methods in Gender Studies


This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to engage in critical theories and epistemological debates within gender studies; it provides grounding in key gender studies methods and methodologies.

In the very timely theme of “gender in dangerous times”; we will consider theoretical, methodological and practical approaches to studying gender by using three distinct but interrelated themes:

  • Feminist History and Intersectionality: to explore the conceptual, theoretical and methodological frameworks feminist historians have developed in studying the United States past
  • Education and Intersectionality: to investigate the intersectional sociocultural categories that constitute unequal experiences and engagement in education
  • Geography and Care: to analyse the ways that care promotes alternative political subjectivities yet also perpetuates gendered inequalities and injustices

Each theme will be presented from a different disciplinary context (humanities, education and social sciences) and explored through weekly lectures and readings. You will engage with the underlying theoretical and methodological approaches relevant to each theme (including their shared principles, theories and methods) and apply this learning within your own disciplinary area.

Our learning goals are to enable you:

  • To develop the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to interrogate the world through different critical lenses (e.g., feminist, intersectional, discursive)
  • To draw on a range of disciplinary contexts (e.g., education, humanities, social sciences) in order to explore the multiple ways in which the world is inherently gendered
  • To foster the social responsibilities of the researcher as critic and conscience of society
  • To develop independent research skills through their participation in class discussions and course assessments

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Caroline Blyth
Dr Kirsten Locke
Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem


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GENDER 700: 30.0 points

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