Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 x 8.25-hour independent study weekly
Enrolment not permitted
WMST9022 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
First year Women’s Studies topic knowledge OR other first year knowledge gained from humanities or social sciences topics.
Assessment
Digital Project, Research Essay, Tutorial participation
Topic description
Using a decolonial feminist perspective this topic explores various campaigns for social and political change around the globe. Beginning with the local context we engage with particular examples of Indigenous Australian women’s activism before moving to explore women’s activist movements further abroad in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Case studies will include Indigenous women’s campaigns, feminist environmental activism, refugee activism, student uprisings, women’s strikes, among others.
Educational aims
The topic aims to provide students with in-depth exposure to some of the main theoretical approaches in contemporary political feminist philosophy. This will include decolonial feminist philosophy and feminist approaches to ‘the commons’. The topic will facilitate students’ critical engagement with various feminist social and political campaigns for change in Australia and around the globe.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Defend some of the main theoretical approaches in contemporary political feminist philosophy

  2. Debate various feminist social and political campaigns for change in Australia and around the globe with an appropriate vocabulary

  3. Evaluate the politics of their own social location in terms of sexuality, race, gender and class using critical thinking and independent judgement

  4. Integrate digital capabilities with written and presentation skills

  5. Model collaborative, independent and ethical practices approaches to learning and research.