ASC287 - Love, Sex and Relationships
2020 unit information
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
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*
|Unit Chair:||Trimester 2: Bernie East|
|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 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
*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery
In the last quarter of the 20th century, major shifts in the structure of families have occurred in Australia and other Western countries. A number of trends such as changes to fertility rates, rates of marriage, remarriage and divorce and the growth of single households have had a major impact on the composition of families and the recasting of intimate relationships.
As a consequence, there is now a great deal of diversity in people's living arrangements.
The unit comprises four modules which focus upon unheralded changes in the definitions of families, sexuality and caring relationships in the context of the sociological imagination, sociological theories of gender and relationships, sexuality and emotion and the blurring of public/private boundaries in everyday life.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Define important concepts relevant to modern understandings of family and kinship in their diverse forms
Analyse and explain leading sociologists' texts on families and kinship networks
GLO3: Digital literacy
Argue the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and contemporary understandings of human intimacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
Apply social theories to understand evolving forms of human relationships
GLO5: Problem solving
Argue the value of sociological ideas and insights in deepening our understanding of changing attitudes to sex, love and other forms of human intimacy
Use the "sociological imagination" to situate the personal dimension of our lives in its wider social-cultural context
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
|Assessment Description||Student output||Grading and weighting |
(% total mark for unit)
|Indicative due week|
|Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay||1600 words||40%||Week 7|
|Assessment 2 (Individual) - Seminar/Online Exercises||800 words or equivalent||20%||Week 9|
|Assessment 3 (Individual) - Test||1600 words or equivalent||40%||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.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ASC287 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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