AGS102 - Histories of Sex and Gender

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Daniel Marshall





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Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x 1 hour Class per week (recordings provided) and 1 X 2 hour Seminar equivalent.


This unit will provide a detailed introduction to histories of sexuality and gender in Australia while also situating these histories in their broader international and cultural contexts. Through a critical engagement with histories of feminism, masculinities, heterosexuality and LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) life, this unit will provide the student with an understanding of the historical emergence of different ways of understanding - and fighting over - sexual practices, sexuality and gender. For example, the unit will examine a variety of political topics, including feminist struggles, gay liberation, transgender rights and changing understandings of masculinity and the family. The unit's focus on histories of sexuality and gender will be explored through the use of a transdisciplinary combination of creative, critical, theoretical and historical resources, including literature, films, television, art, and archival materials.


Assessment 1: (Individual) - Report (1000 words or equivalent) - 25%

Assessment 2: (Individual) - Exercise (1000 words or equivalent) - 25%

Assessment 3: (Individual) - Essay (2000 words or equivalent) - 50%