AGS200 - Cultural Studies of Sex and Gender

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

Daniel Marshall

Prerequisite:

Complete four level 1 units

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

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.

Content

Sexuality and gender are often said to be part of our everyday culture, including identity, family, relationships, consumption, work, fashion, popular culture and leisure activities. But what do we mean by this notion of ‘everyday culture’, and how have sexuality and gender historically been studied as lived experiences in culture? This unit will draw on historical and contemporary research into cultural experiences and expressions of sexuality and gender, with a focus on youth, to examine how culture, sexuality and gender are produced, lived and studied as embodied forms of knowledge. From the ‘invention’ of the teenager to subcultural youth studies of the 1970s, and from girl studies to contemporary online cultures, this unit will look at a wide variety of diverse cultural enactments and practices linked to young people, gender and sexuality. The unit will introduce the student to key theoretical and conceptual resources and ideas in cultural studies and studies of gender and sexuality in culture. The unit's focus on cultural studies 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, archival materials and cultural practices of everyday life.

Assessment

Assessment 1: (Group) - Report Assignment (1600 words or equivalent) - 40%

Assessment 2: (Individual) - Essay (2400 words or equivalent) - 60%