Course Title: Global Feminisms

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Feminisms

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Kaye Quek

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8202

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5, Room 12

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to introduce you to key elements of feminism and the global feminist movement. In particular, it focuses on contemporary feminist protest movements and activism relating to or resulting from processes of globalisation. Core concerns include exploring how a feminist politics is mobilised through online spaces that are coordinated and negotiated globally, as well as considering the varieties of feminism and local forms of feminism. Topics examined include: the historical development of feminism, feminist analyses of online spaces and misogyny, feminist civil protest, global campaigns relating to issues of gender and sexuality, the deployment of feminist concerns in ‘wars’ against global terrorism, intersections between feminism and movements and scholarship relating diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, and debates surrounding feminist environmentalism. Through examination of these issues, you are introduced to concepts such as post-feminism, transnational feminism, feminist universalism, postcolonial feminism, and ‘third wave’ feminism. The course is designed to familiarise students interested in or seeking to work on global gender issues with major areas of concern to global feminist activists, and to develop students’ critical understanding of the strategies, successes, shortcomings, and points of contention in these movements.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

 Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study.

 Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems

 Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks.



Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:           

  1. demonstrate an understanding of feminism in a global and historical context.
  2. explain the major areas of concern to global feminist activists.
  3. critically assess debates amongst feminist scholars and activists regarding questions of universalism, transnationalism, post-colonialism and third wave feminism.
  4. apply theoretical approaches to WIL / ‘real world’ scenarios involving global gender issues.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course comprises twelve weekly lectures, 12 related tutorials and a related set of reading and other online material. Several hours of self-directed study and writing is also expected each week. The lectures will introduce each topic, contextualise the set reading material, and highlight the political and security relevance of each issue by drawing on recent information from a variety of sources. The tutorials provide an opportunity for added discussion of issues raised by the lecture and set readings.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

All other required reading will be located on MyRMIT and the RMIT Library Database.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include an essay, class debate, group projects, and workplace simulation.


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the course coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services unit if you would like to find out more.


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