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AGS300 - Theories of Sex and Gender


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Daniel Marshall

AGS200 or with approval of the unit chair



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online equivalent to: 1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week


Commencing 2020


This unit completes the core sequence of units in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major which have focused on histories of, and contemporary approaches within, gender and sexuality studies. The unit focuses on innovative and influential theoretical approaches to the study of sexuality and gender across disciplines. It is divided into three modules (bodies, feelings, and practices). With reference to influential sexological, anthropological and psychoanalytic theories of sexuality and gender from the late nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, this unit contextualizes and deploys contemporary theoretical engagements with bodies, feelings and practices as understood through the prism of gender and sexuality. The unit will help prepare students for undertaking their own independent creative and critical work, as well as Honours study in the field.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify and critically reflect on key theoretical approaches in the contemporary study of sexuality and gender

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply theoretical resources to plan a research project, synthesizing theoretical, empirical and/or historical knowledge to generate a research hypothesis and methodology

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Curate relevant theoretical resources to persuasively argue a critical position in relation to a contemporary issue connected to an expression or experience of gender and/or sexuality understood in relevant local and global contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Develop teamwork skills in relation to critical reflection and research regarding sex, gender and sexuality and participation in relevant discussions

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Individual) - A plan for an imaginary research project

1600 words or equivalent 40% Information not yet available

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Research Essay

2400 words or equivalent 60% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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