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AIA106 - Sex, Race and Australia's People

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:S Pinto




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Contact hours:

Campus mode: 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.


Class e-reading participation 20% 750 words

Annotated Bibliography 20% 750 words

Essay 40% 1500 words

Exam 20% up to 1000 words

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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