2023 unit information
Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week
1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week
*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery
This unit introduces students to gender, race and sexuality as categories of historical analysis, by studying new histories of colonisation and decolonisation in the modern world. In the two hundred years after 1750, much of the world's land mass was claimed by European empires as their colonial territories. Colonisation and resistance to colonisation have shaped the world in profound ways that continue to impact each one of us. In trying to understand why Europeans tried to colonise the world, what impact colonisation has had and how colonisation was and is resisted, historians have focused on gender, race and sexuality. In this unit we explore gender, race and sexuality as categories of historical analysis which can illuminate the experience and impact of Empire. Looking at sites across the world, in India, North America, the continent of Africa, Australasia and the Pacific, we ask what gendered roles people were expected to play, how people conformed to or resisted these expectations, how gender, race and sexuality were entangled in imperial ideology and practice and how imperial power itself was gendered. We also consider how the impacts of imperialism endure today.
Interpret the social, cultural, political, and/or economic significance of gender and sexuality in a broad range of historical settings.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
Describe the relationship between gender and race in the historic practices and ideologies of European empires.
GLO3: Digital Literacy
Evaluate the historic causes, experiences, impacts and long-term effects of European imperialism.
GLO8: Global citizenship
Develop and undertake a research project relating to one of the unit topics and design an appropriate form in which to effectively communicate the results of this project.
GLO6: Global citizenship
Explain core historiographical debates surrounding the themes of gender, race and sexuality in the European empires.
GLO4: Critical Thinking
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.
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