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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Gender Studies)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

    * demonstrate a sound understanding of recent developments in feminist theory and practices;
    * understand the issues involved in debates about feminist knowledge;
    * develop an understanding of contemporary feminist debates about gender politics, self and subjectivity and the relationship of these debates to other areas of social inquiry.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Gender Studies)
  • Course description
        * Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
        * one compulsory subject (12.5 points)
        * four elective subjects (50 points)

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    Students must consult the course coordinator to have their subject selection approved prior to enrolment at the Faculty Office. Applicants should note that they must satisfy any prerequisite as set, before being allowed to enrol in any subjects.

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-507  Gender Studies Thesis
    An approved topic selected in consultation with the convenor of gender studies.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Compulsory subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-432  Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    This subject surveys recent developments in feminist theory and feminist methodology within a cross-cultural context. It explores issues involved in present-day debates about feminist epistemology and knowledge, including debates surrounding the rela...     Semester 1     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-434  Reading Course
    This subject involves a study of theoretical, empirical or historiographical issues broadly related to the thesis topic and conducted through extensive reading, decided by the student in conjunction with the supervisor. The subject should enhance the...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    131-547  Rethinking Rights and Global Development
    This subject explores the theoretical and political issues surrounding ideas of rights and human rights, with special reference to the development process within the contemporary globalising order. It draws on recent critical, feminist and other (re)...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-437  The Artist's Body     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-414  Film, Censorship & The Media
    This subject examines the history of film and media censorship, its relationship to morality and the public sphere. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of the key debates surrounding the controversial area of censorship. They will also stu...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-421  Contemporary Film Theory
    This subject will examine the development of contemporary film theory of the post-1968 period. Students will be expected to critically evaluate the significance and applicability of some of the following theoretical approaches: formalism and structur...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-432  Melodrama, Class and the Cinema
    This subject involves a study of the role the melodrama has played in the representation of class and ideological conflict in the cinema. Students are asked to examine melodramas from periods such as the silent period, the 1930s, the 1950s and contem...     Semester 2     12.50

    07-440  Hitchcock, Film and Art
    Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest directors of the 20th century. Recently a number of international exhibitions have documented the receptiveness of Hitchcock's films to the literary and visual arts of his time - from Pre-Raphaelite and Sy...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-458  Screen Affect: Culture, Bodies, Emotion
    This subject will explore visual representations of culture: aesthetic, affective, and political to explore the various levels of affect. Affect is a core concept in interpretive visual methodologies, involving the analysis of bodies within contextua...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-463  Dream Screen: Film and Psychoanalysis     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-403  Reading the Subject: Freud/Fiction/Lacan
    The subject provides an introduction to the basic tenets of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and some of the challenges and criticisms they have attracted. It examines the influences of psychoanalysis on representations of subjectivity and...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-409  Celebrity Cultures     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-423  Romanticism and Modernity
    This subject offers an introduction to romanticism as a paradigmatic discourse of modernity, with particular emphasis on questions of gender, aesthetics and subjectivity. It also examines aspects of the role played by the ideology and discourse of ro...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-428  Media, Politics and Cultural Diaspora     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-432  Cultural Studies in Asia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-436  Queer Theory Ten Years On     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-448  Theorising the Spectator     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-454  Art, Family & Politics: The Renaissance     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    166-416  Justice, Democracy and Difference
    This subject provides a critical examination of contemporary debates about ideas of justice, democracy and the politics of difference. The subject critically explores both the major liberal approaches to justice alongside critiques of liberal approac...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-442  Rights and Public Policy
    This subject aims to assist students with the development of skills relevant in the policy-making process. This is carried out by familiarising students with legal and political developments within a variety of rights fields and by requiring them to ...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-408  Civil Society, NGOs and the State
    In the nearly two decades since the end of the Cold War, the world has witnessed a remarkable rejection of the big plans and projects that characterized the period of high-modernization that existed between the Bretton Woods pact of 1944 and the end ...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-460  Field Methods for Development
    The subject will focus on ethnographic or qualitative methods, particularly as they apply to development work. It includes a discussion of varying notions of ethnographic or qualitative research, including the notion of praxis the merger of theory an...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-461  Gender Issues in Development
    This subject will focus on feminist engagements with development theory. Case studies will consider the place of women and men in rural social orders, the relationship between gender, the environment and ethnicity, the gendered dimensions of governan...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-545  Understanding Development
    This subject forms an introduction to the main past and current theories of development, involving the approaches of several social science disciplines. It also considers many of the major issues in development, including the environment, gender, hum...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-522  Women's Sexual & Reproductive Health
    This subject takes as a starting point a consideration of what constitutes sexual and reproductive health over the life course. It provides an overview of key sexual and reproductive health issues in a variety of geographic locations and considers t...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-523  Gender and Health: Critical Perspectives
    This subject examines the way Gender and Health, and particularly Women's Health have been examined within and across the disciplinary fields of Public Health, Biomedicine, Epidemiology, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology. We will examine th...     Semester 1     12.50

    505-524  Research Methodology in Women's Health     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    505-525  Women and Global Health
    Developing and newly-industrialised countries experience wide variation in terms of history, politics, demographic transition, development and epidemiology. This subject situates women and their health in a dynamic context of development, globalizati...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-551  Gender: Representations and Histories
    What is gender and why does it matter? In this seminar we will explore how this concept emerged and the multiple meanings it has taken on in academic inquiry and everyday life. Representations of gender will be examined in both theoretical and histor...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-591  Development, Culture and Conflict
    The end of the Cold War and the announcement of the ‘New World Order’ created a rapidly transforming terrain for the practice of development, humanitarian intervention and aid. Cultural, ethnic and religious conflict is a feat...     Semester 2     12.50

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