AGS101 - Sex and Gender: Ideas That Changed the World


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online), Burwood (Intensive)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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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

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

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Trimester 1: Online independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x 1-hour class per week and 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent

Trimester 3: Online independent and collaborative learning activities including class and seminar activities

In-person attendance requirements

Trimester 3: Campus (Intensive): 1 x 1-hour class, 1 x 2-hour seminar (week 1), 2 x 1-hour class, 2 x 2-hour seminar (weeks 3, 5, 8, 9, 10)


Sex and gender are everywhere in today’s society.  From the question ‘where do babies come from?’ to growing up and developing our identity, to the contemporary public contexts of the books we read, the films we watch, our lives online and the politics which govern us, sex and gender are central.  This abundance tells us that sex, sexuality and gender mean many different things to different people.  More than this, they take on a variety of different meanings in different cultural contexts and at different points in history.  This unit will provide you with an essential introduction to key ideas, writers and thinkers in gender and sexuality studies, approaching sex, sexuality and gender not as unchanging, universal facts, but as ideas that vary and develop.  We will also focus on developing your analytical skills in critical reading, and on analysing representations of gender and sexuality in everyday culture and a range of textual forms, including novels, poetry, films and historical/archival materials.  Topics to be introduced in this unit include: feminism in popular culture; histories and cultural politics of masculinity and heterosexuality; LGBTIQ rights movements; canonical feminist/queer texts and theories; transnational flows in knowledge and local histories; and contemporary controversies in sex, sexuality and gender.

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