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AIA106 - Sex, Race and Australia's People

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Offering information:

This unit is proposed to be discontinued from 2018.

Enrolment modes:
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Tanja Luckins





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

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

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit introduces students to the importance of gender, race and ethnicity in the constitution of the Australian population, nation and politics. It does so by foregrounding the issue of sex ratios, the relationships between men and women as well as between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in the early years of the colonies. Subsequent topics focus on the issue of immigration and the racial composition of the nation as well as debates surrounding the need for a "white" Australia and the role of women in its creation and maintenance. The move from white to European and thence an Asian and Middle Eastern Australia after WWII foregrounds the importance of studying population policies in understanding the nature of Australian society, and gives us an opportunity to consider migrant masculinities. The final weeks consider the sexual revolution and ageing. While this unit is empirically focused, the analytic frames of gender and race are central to its construction. The unit introduces students to questions of masculinity and femininity, sexuality and reproduction, race and ethnicity, and to the building of a population. Ultimately the unit affirms and critically studies the centrality of the differentiated intersection of race, gender and ethnicity in the making of Australia.


Group Assignment, 20%, 750 words

Research and Writing Exercise, 20%, 750 words

Essay, 40%, 1500 words

Exam, 20%

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