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

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:AIH205
Unit Chair:Joanna Cruickshank
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

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 - online:

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 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.

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

ULO2

Describe the relationship between gender and race in the historic practices and ideologies of European empires.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital Literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO3

Evaluate the historic causes, experiences, impacts and long-term effects of European imperialism.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital Literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO4

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.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital Literacy

GLO6: Global citizenship

ULO5

Explain core historiographical debates surrounding the themes of gender, race and sexuality in the European empires.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical Thinking

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

Assessment

Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Seminar Exercises 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Essay 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Research Project 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Information not yet available

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

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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