AIH305 - Sex, Race, Gender: Empires, 1750-1950


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: AIH205
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

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

Scheduled learning activities - online

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


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


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.

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