AIH205 - Sex and Gender in the British Empire

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Joanna Cruickshank





Incompatible with:

AIH305, AIH405

Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week



This unit focuses on questions of gender and sexuality within the British Empire, from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. Looking at colonies across the world, in India, Africa, Australasia and the Pacific, we ask what roles women and men were expected to play, how women and men actually behaved, what sex and sexuality had to do with the Empire and how imperial power itself was gendered. Students will study the ways in which gender is relevant to understanding intellectual, political and social change in the history of the British Empire. Topics include: gender and indigenous peoples; masculinity and militarism; gender, convicts and slaves; sexuality and intimacy in the empire; race and gender; colonial families; feminism in the empire and gender in everyday life.


Assessment 1 (Individual) - Quiz  - 20%

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay (2000 words) - 40%

Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay (2000 words) - 40%

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