AGS101 - Sex and Gender: Ideas That Changed the World


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour lecture (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week


Approaching sex, sexuality and gender not as unchanging, universal facts, but as ideas that vary and develop, this unit will help you make sense of different ways of thinking about gender and sexual diversity by providing you with an essential introduction to key ideas, writers and thinkers in gender and sexuality studies. Students will develop skills to critically analyse diverse expressions of gender and sexuality in everyday culture and a range of textual forms, including writing, screen texts, advertising, and historical/archival materials. Topics in this unit include feminism in popular culture, changing understandings of masculinity and heterosexuality, LGBTIQ rights movements and activism, decolonising approaches, and contemporary controversies in sex, sexuality and gender.

This unit provides students with critical skills to better understand and analyse the diversity of gender and sexuality in a wide range of contexts, including in popular culture, personal relationships, the creative arts, humanities research, politics and a range of workplace contexts including education, healthcare, psychology, law, marketing, criminology and social policy.

For students studying the Gender and Sexuality Studies major, this is one of four compulsory core units (the others are AGS102, AGS200, and AGS300). This unit is also available as an elective for students who are not studying the GSS major.

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