AIH205 - Sex and Gender in the British Empire

Unit details

Year:

2021 unit information

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Joanna Cruickshank
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

AIH305, AIH405

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

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.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

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

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO2

Synthesise core historiographical debates surrounding the theme 'sex and gender' in the British Empire

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship
ULO3

Evaluate in a reflective and critical manner the impact of sex and gender discrimination in a diverse range of temporal and topical settings in colonial and postcolonial contexts.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship
ULO4

Construct ideas and arguments developed from their own research, and clearly and concisely communicate their findings in an essay format.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Quiz 800 words
or equivalent
20% Week 3
Assessment 2 - Essay 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 7
Assessment 3 - Essay 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 11

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.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIH205 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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