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ASR206 - Gender and Sexuality in Islam


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: David Tittensor




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 and 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


The questions of gender and sexuality in Islam have for a long time been points of contestation both within Muslim communities in their country of origin and in the West.

This unit will provide an entry point into these debates and look to give students a firm grounding of the key issues as they pertain to Islam, gender and sexuality. It will begin with an exploration of the key texts (Qur’an & Sunna) and the different ways that these are interpreted across the Muslim world to define the roles of men and women and their relationship with God. Alongside this, the unit will survey a range of key debates, such as Islamic feminism, gender justice, women’s leadership and homosexuality.

The unit will also include the exploration of Muslim masculinities and how changes in this space are impacting gender dynamics in Islam.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understand the different debates on Islam and Gender that abound across time and place

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Debate the relationship between culture and gender roles in Islam

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Critically analyse the methods and theories of the study of gender in Islam

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks to real word case studies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

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) - Short Essay 1000 words 25% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Journal 1000 words equivalent 25% Week 6 and 10
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Major Essay 2000 words 50% Week 11

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

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ASR206 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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