Undergraduate GS (AXL)

GS courses

The Gender Studies Section is housed in Harry Oppenheimer Institute Building, Engineering Mall, Upper Campus, and can be contacted by email at: genderstudies@uct.ac.za or telephone: 021 650 2970.

 

Associate Professor and Head of Section: J Bennett, BA(Hons) Natal MA EdD Columbia

Lecturers: Y Clarke, BA Zambia MSocSc Tromso

Z Mkhize, PhD UKZN

F Seedat, BA(Hons) Toronto MSocSc Cape Town PhD McGill Academic Programme

 Administrator: W Daniels, BSocSc Cape Town

The Gender Studies Section runs teaching, research and development programmes in the broad area of gender and transformation. In working to develop knowledge and strategies for the advancement of gender equity and democracy, the Gender Studies Section builds links between scholars, researchers and practitioners across the African continent.

 

Requirements for a major in Gender Studies

First Year

AXL1100S Title Understanding Gender

Second Year

AXL2100F Gender, Sexuality and Politics

ONE of the following:

AXL2102S Gender and the Politics of Development

HST2047S Gender & History *

REL2047F Gender, Sexuality and Religion *

AXL2402S Anthropology of Power and Wealth *

AXL2401F Introduction to Medical Anthropology *

SOC2004S Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality

Third Year courses

AXL3100F Theories, Politics and Action

AXL3101S Politics of Gendered Knowledge

* See entries under Departments of Religious Studies, Historical Studies, Sociology and Anthropology Section for descriptions of REL2047F, HST2047S, AXL2402S, AXL2401F, and SOC2004S. If any of these courses are taken as part of the requirements for a Major in Gender Studies, the course may not be credited as part of a Major in Religious Studies, History, Anthropology or Sociology.

Prerequisites: (i) For AXL1100S: None. Please note that this course is capped at 450 students for 2021 (ii) For AXL2100F, AXL2102S: 2nd year status (iv) For AXL3100F: AXL2100F, and one other course in list of electives in second year above, or permission of the Head of Section (v) For AXL3101S: AXL3100F, or permission of the Head of Section.

 

Course outlines:

AXL1100S UNDERSTANDING GENDER (This course is capped at 450 students for 2021 18 NQF credits at NQF level 5)

Convener: Associate Professor J Bennett

Course entry requirements: None.

This course is a requirement for students majoring in Gender Studies, but is also open as an elective to students in all other faculty disciplines. Course outline: The aims of this course include increasing students’ awareness of the relevance of gender issues to their lives and developing a critical understanding of the multiple and contested meanings of gender in contemporary African and international contexts. It introduces key concepts concerning gender and sexuality, culture and identity, context and the dynamics of masculinity and femininity. It explores connections between gender, ‘race’, class, generation and location and draws on a number of different resource materials: including visual materials such as documentaries, film and media, art.

Lecture times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 5th period. DP requirements: Students are expected to attend all classes, and to submit all required assignments by deadlines identified in the course curriculum.

Assessment: Continuous assessment (essays, projects, tests, etc.) counts 100%.

 

AXL1101S UNDERSTANDING GENDER +

10 NQF credits at NQF level 5

Convener: TBA

Course entry requirements: None (extended programme students only).

Co-requisites: AXL1100S.

Course outline: The purpose of this course is to augment and support its co-requisite course: AXL1100S (Understanding Gender). It aims to improve students’ performance by enhancing their grasp of key ideas and concepts, and by developing their mastery of the disciplinary discourse. It provides additional pedagogic enrichment in the form of regular Plus Tutorials that extend into Writing Hub exercises and consultations. In these tutorials, students will receive explicit support around the co-requisite course assignments and detailed feedback on their written work.

DP requirements: No DP requirements.

Assessment: This course will be assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. In order to receive a pass grade, students will be required to complete at least 80% of all course requirements (attendance at tutorials, submission of exercises etc).

 

AXL2102S GENDER & THE POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT

24 NQF credits at NQF level 6

Convener: Y Clarke

Course entry requirements: 2nd year status

Course outline: The aim of this course is to enable students to understand and analyse the impact of development practices, particularly as they have affected women and men in different contexts. The course will offer an introduction to debates around the gendered impact of different economic and political development trajectories, and policies, such as industrialisation, agricultural transformations, democratisation, and contemporary structural adjustment programmes. Case studies drawn from different regions and contexts will be used to illustrate the theoretical debates, including those distinguishing “women in development” approaches from “gender and development” approaches.

Lecture times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 3rd period.

DP requirements: Completion of all semester coursework by deadlines as specified on the course curriculum.

Assessment: Continuous assessment (essays, projects, tests, etc.) counts 100%.

 

AXL3100F THEORIES, POLITICS AND ACTION

30 NQF credits at NQF level 7

Convener: F Seedat

Course entry requirements: AXL2100F and one of the following electives: AXL2102S, HST2047S, REL2047F, AXL2402S, AXL2401F, SOC2004S, or permission of the Head of Section.

Course outline: In this course we will examine how women's movements have emerged in the context of struggles against other forms of social injustice and have informed theories about gendered oppression. Focusing on women's and feminist movements mainly in the South and East, the course examines how feminist theories have not only been shaped by the specificities of the local contexts and struggles; but also how they have been shaped by the global flow of information about women's and queer movements elsewhere. In addition, we examine how the questions that feminists and women activists have raised have destabilised the taken-for-granted assumptions about masculinities. We will also take a brief look at the construction and multiple meanings of sexuality and masculinities, especially in African contexts. The course is designed to acquaint students with literature about women's and feminist movements in the non-western world. It encourages students to think critically about the relationship between theories and practice, as well as about the applicability of feminist theoretical concepts across diverse contexts. Coursework is also designed to develop students' writing and seminar presentation skills.

Lecture times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 4th period.

DP requirements: Completion of all written coursework by deadlines as specified on course curriculum.

Assessment: Continuous assessment (essays, projects, tests, etc.) counts 100%.

 

AXL3101S THE POLITICS OF GENDERED KNOWLEDGE

30 NQF credits at NQF level 7

Convener: Associate Professor J Bennett

Course entry requirements: AXL3100F, or permission of the Head of Section.

Course outline: The course offers senior students an opportunity to develop feminist/queer research skills through study and by designing and undertaking research. It also explores some of the key challenges of engendering knowledge, feminist and queer perspectives on research and a range of questions - political, theoretical and methodological - pertinent to African feminists and African-based researchers in the social sciences.

Lecture times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 4th period.

DP requirements: Completion of all semester coursework and research assignments by deadlines as specified within the course curriculum.

 Assessment: Continuous assessment (essays, projects, tests, etc.) counts 100%.

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