SEX, DIVERSITY AND GENDER

GSD1SDG

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This interdisciplinary subject enables  better understanding of ourselves and of our relations to others. We examine how gender is not simply one thing; it is always situated in relation to other differences, such as race, class, sexuality or disability. Beginning with ways sex and race interact in Australia, the subject asks how people develop diverse forms of belonging within systems of social power and knowledge. We question taken for granted assumptions about identity formation so that differences can be better negotiated in professional and institutional contexts. Materials include readings, film clips, historical texts, personal stories, statistics, and advertisements. The subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential, entailing a deep appreciation of how choices we make affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems in which sex, gender and diversity becomes significant now and in the future. In doing so, we aim to promote social justice.





SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 CP at first year from any discipline

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at second-year level for the Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Major/Minor in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply key concepts to issues and public debates on GSDS topics

Activities:
Textual comparison in first written assignment, which all revolve around specific key concept. Discuss different types of texts in tutorials. Quantitative literacy for presenting work on demographic analysed
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Develop Cultural awareness and sensitivity

Activities:
All content evaluates relations between self and others with regard to power, equality and justice. tutorial exercises, short assignment and exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments surrounding GSDS topic.

Activities:
Text comparison for first assignment , weekly readings and research essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Introduce and develop team work skils

Activities:
Work in small groups on 600 word assignment. Role play and hypothetical scenarios to develop cultural literacy in discrimination. Group discussion of ethical behaviour and adaptability in different professional and institutional settings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

05. Present brief argument on GSDS topic

Activities:
Tutorial responses to questions and exam Analyse social statistics relating to different demographics
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

06. Present sustained written argument in GSDS

Activities:
Write research essay and answer exam questions - both requiring use of key concepts in variety of professional and institutional contexts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

07. Produce original research relevant to topic

Activities:
Apply knowledge of GSDS perspectives to debate, policy, theory and practice regarding inequality and difference
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

08. Summarise research, and arguments on relevant topic in GSDS

Activities:
Summarise arguments in readings of various perspectives, provide outline on references used in research essay, synthesise arguments into essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1.5-hour examination (equivalent to 1500 words)first and final assessment35 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07, 08
one 1600-word staged research essaysecond and third assessment40 01, 02, 03, 06, 07, 08
one 600-word assignmentfirst assessment15 01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 08
tutorial exercises (400-words equivalent)ongoing assessment10 02, 04, 05