Course Title: Feminist and Queer Perspectives

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Feminist and Queer Perspectives

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Hill

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2985

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus 009.05.042

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email me for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to feminist and queer perspectives on sex, gender and sexuality. You will investigate how dominant categories of sex, gender and sexuality function through close readings of texts that blur the boundary between philosophy and literature. Textual forms you may study include theoretical and philosophical essays, films and various literary genres, such as poetry and the novel. 

You will explore how dominant representations depend upon the marginalisation and exclusion of others. You will study the relationship between feminist and queer perspectives on sex, gender and sexuality. This will include engagement with texts in trans studies, critical philosophy of race and whiteness studies. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is an option course, which will complement the learning outcomes you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and describe categorisations of sex, gender and sexuality and their representation in a range of textual works. 
  2. Identify and apply feminist and queer perspectives in the analysis of texts. 
  3. Investigate the relationship between dominant modes of representation and the marginalisation and exclusion of others. 
  4. Critically discuss the social and political implications of feminist and queer perspectives in different social contexts. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include lectures, seminars, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer. These may include books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

All assessment tasks are individually assessed.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 – Short Question Task Weight: 30% (CLOs 2, 3)

Assessment Task 2 - Seminar Questions 30% (oral presentation) (CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4)

Assessment Task 3 - Essay 40% Individual (CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4)

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 program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.